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Particles II Webinar: Health Impacts, Standards, Monitoring, and Building-Level Mitigation

November 25, 2014 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Join the ROCIS initiative (Reducing Outdoor Contaminants in Indoor Spaces) for this two-part webinar on indoor air quality.  Join us for one or both of the webinar sessions.

Click here to register for the Particles II Webinar.


Gain a better understanding of the nature of particulate matter – their sources, their health impact and interaction with other pollutants. What insights are emerging regarding their health impacts? What understanding do we have due to air quality monitoring in the U.S., and how have the air quality standards impacted particulate matter measurement? Bill Turner will examine types of monitoring equipment with an explanation of the role and limitations of lower cost monitors that are emerging. Particles comprise a large class of pollutants –knowledge of their characteristics is critical to understanding how building-level mitigation strategies can reduce exposure. Bill will address the current best practices to lower the concentration of building level particulate matter.


  1. List four factors that increase a person’s vulnerability to particulate matter in their environment, and four health impacts that have been established
  2. Describe the two primary ways the particulate matter is quantified as part of air quality assessment and the limitations of each
  3. Given a case study involving an existing home with a high outdoor particle impact, propose a low-cost (<$1,000) and a higher cost ($1,000 – $5,000) mitigation strategy
  4. Identify four factors to consider when retrofitting a forced air duct system with a high MERV filter

PRESENTER: Bill Turner, President / CEO, Turner Building Science and Design, LLC, Harrison, ME

Bill received his B.S. and M.S. in Engineering from Northeastern University and served for ten years on the research staff of Harvard University School of Public Health. During that time he conducted longitudinal air quality studies inside and outside of homes in six cities, evaluating particles, VOCs, and gases associated with combustion and other sources. Since then, Bill has focused on building science, sustainability, and resilience issues, including energy use, indoor air quality,moisture, building shell design, net zero buildings, building commissioning, and forensic air quality evaluations. His experience includes rebuilding existing homes and other buildings and designing new buildings. He has published and lectured extensively.

RESPONDENT: Tom Phillips, ROCIS Principal Investigator, Schools/Commercial Focus, Davis, CA

Tom has spent his career at the intersection of research and policy, addressing public health, pollution, and buildings. At the California Air Resources Board from 1985 to 2009, he updated air quality standards and wrote IAQ guidelines for homes.  He served as technical advisor for green building programs and large exposure studies, and he helped develop an ozone test method and emission standard for air cleaners.  He also designed and managed research contracts on exposure, activity patterns, and building ventilation.  Since 2010, as principal at Healthy Building Research, Tom has focused on resilient building design and operation and on indoor environmental quality in low energy buildings.

Thanks to The Heinz Endowments for its support of the ROCIS initiative, Reducing Outdoor Contaminants in Indoor Spaces, and this webinar series


November 25, 2014
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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