Webinars

This 8-part technical mini- series of technical webinars brings together a range of experts covering a breadth of topics in the context of COVID-19 and mitigation of spread of airborne infections in the built environment. Topics include: indoor air quality (IAQ), building monitoring, facility management, ventilation, filtration and air-cleaning. The webinars are free and open to all to attend.

Don’t miss our next webinar in this series:

  • Title: “REHVA COVID-19 guidance for HVAC systems operation and reduction the spread of viral diseases in workplaces”
  • Panellist: Prof. Jarek Kurnitski, Chair of REHVA Technology and Research Committee
  • Chair: Tony O’ Keeffe, CTTC Chair, ASHRAE Ireland Chapter
  • Date/Time: Thu, Sep 10th, 2020 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM BST
  • Register here: https://bit.ly/2ZHFysz

Previous Webinars

Panelist: Dr. Parag Rastogi, Lead Building Physicist, Arbnco
Chair: Dr. Daniel Coakley, Secretary, ASHRAE Ireland
Date/Time: Thu, Jun 18, 2020 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM BST
Presentation Slides: [1] D. Coakley [2] P. Rastogi
Further Information: Video| Article
This webinar will discuss the role of Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) in a workplace re-entry protocol. After a brief introduction to the relationship between IEQ and infectious outcomes, the presentation will focus on changes to building operation that are normally in the scope of facility managers and mechanical engineers. We will discuss the measures in terms of intent and measurable outcomes. We will also discuss the difference between existing IEQ practices and new recommendations from professional bodies. This discussion will be supplemented with examples from ongoing measurements across the UK and USA.
 
About the Speaker: Dr. Parag Rastogi is a lead building scientist at arbnco, with a background in civil engineering. He comes to arbnco after a stint at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (Switzerland) as a doctoral researcher, and a research fellow at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow and RIKEN Center for Advanced Intelligence Project, Japan. At arbnco he leads research and development efforts to incorporate cutting-edge research into the health, wellbeing, and climate products. His work touches upon health and wellbeing in buildings, integrating climate risk analysis into building performance evaluation and planning, and the use of machine learning and data science in software and hardware for buildings. Parag is also a visiting instructor at CEPT University, Ahmedabad, and speaks regularly at technical conferences and events.
Panelist: Michael Curran, Head of Building Services, NUI Galway
Chair: Conor Deane, YEA Chair, ASHRAE Ireland
Date/Time: Thu, Jul 02, 2020 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM BST
Presentation Slides: [1] M. Curran - NUIG [2] C. Deane - ASHRAE
Further Information: Video | Article
This webinar is based upon the principles that National University of Ireland, Galway have implemented in line with government protocols and advice from institutions like CIBSE and ASHRAE to address the challenge that COVID-19 presents for building sevices. Over the next few months, universities in Ireland are welcoming back students, staff and researchers to campus. With this, a number of vital issues will be considered to ensure the safety of the university community. Building Services Engineering plays a vital role in ensuring occupants can return safely to laboratories, teaching venues and offices. The webinar outlines some of the key decisions and considerations NUI Galway Building Services Team have implemented in Mechanical, Electrical and Lifts systems on campus.

About the Speaker: Michael Curran is the current CIBSE Ireland Chairman and Head of Building Services, Energy and Utilities at NUI Galway. A graduate of The University of Liverpool, Micheal worked as Consultant Building Services Engineer before taking up his current role in NUI Galway. As Energy Performance Officer at NUI Galway. Michael lead the team to wining the SEAI Energy Team of the year 2019.
Panelist: Prof. William P. Bahnfleth, Ph.D, P.E., Presidential / Fellow ASHRAE
Chair: Dr. Daniel Coakley, Secretary, ASHRAE Ireland
Date/Time: Thu, Jul 16, 2020 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM BST
Presentation Slides: [1] B. Bahnfleth [2] D. Coakley
Further Information: Video | Article | Q&A
Managing our buildings to minimize the risk of infectious disease transmission is of paramount concern today. Every building and climate are different making it challenging to have one approach work in all situations. Prof. Bahnfleth of Pennsylvania State University provides a critical review of guidance published by ASHRAE and other built environment organizations and the relationship between them and scientists and health-focused organizations like WHO. Prof. Bahnfleth provides expert insight based on the best research for operations to help mitigate risks and what practices to avoid.

About the Speaker: William P. Bahnfleth is a professor of architectural engineering at Penn State University and is a fellow of ASHRAE, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the International Society for Indoor Air Quality and Climate (ISIAQ).His research interests cover a wide variety of indoor environmental control topics including chilled water pumping systems, stratified thermal energy storage, protection of building occupants from indoor bioaerosol releases, ultraviolet germicidal irradiation systems, and others. He is the author or co-author of more than 170 technical papers and articles and 14 books and book chapters. Professor Bahnfleth currently serves as chair of the ASHRAE Epidemic Task Force.
Panelist: Dr. Stephanie Taylor, M.D., M. Arch, FRSPH(UK), CABE, ASHRAE D.L.
Chair: Dr. Donal Finn, UCD, Dublin
Date/Time: Thu, Jul 30, 2020 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM BST
Presentation Slides: [1] S. Taylor
Further Information: Video
This seminar will focus on the role of buildings and HVAC systems in human health and wellbeing, especially in the context of the current COVID-19 pandemic. Critically, the seminar addresses the importance of adequate indoor ventilation, appropriate environmental conditions and other factors which directly impact on occupant health and the risk of spread of infectious diseases. Furthermore, this seminar will cover recent scientific developments in the role of environmental conditions in the spread of infections, and how our knowledge about medicine and the human body can drive more effective design and operation of modern buildings.

About the Speaker: Dr. Stephanie Taylor received her MD from Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts in 1984. For the next several decades, she practiced clinical medicine and did academic research in cellular growth mechanisms. After working as a physician for many decades, Dr. Taylor obtained a Masters in Architecture as well as Infection Control certification. Her lifelong commitment to patient care includes focusing on improving the healthcare physical environment and clinical work processes to help patients heal quickly and save hospitals money. Dr. Taylor is a graduate of Harvard Medical School (MD), and Norwich University (Masters Architecture). She has numerous research publications in Nature, Science, and other peer-reviewed journals.
Panelist: Dr. John Gallagher, Assistant Professor in Environmental Systems, Trinity College Dublin
Chair: Dr. Daniel Coakley, Secretary, ASHRAE Ireland
Date/Time: Thu, Aug 13, 2020 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM BST
Presentation Slides: [1] D. Coakley [2] J. Gallagher
Further Information: Video
This seminar focuses on outdoor environment and how it affects the performance of both natural and mechanical ventilation in buildings. With the increased recognition of SARS-CoV-2 transmission via aerosol droplets, natural and mechanical ventilation systems need to be harmonized to ensure that buildings (offices, schools, Universities, etc.) minimize the risk of transmission in enclosed spaces. The role of natural ventilation openings in particular is affected by outdoor environmental conditions over the course of a day or across the changing seasons. Therefore, how can we ensure air movements inside a building provides adequate ventilation?

About the Speaker: Dr. John Gallagher is Assistant Professor in the School of Engineering in Trinity College Dublin and is a Principal Investigator in their specialist Air Pollution Research Group. His work over the past twelve years has focused on developing innovative passive air pollution control systems, adopting the 3M (Measurement, Modelling and Mitigation) approach to inform effective designs. His research is underpinned by a low-carbon and resource efficient agenda, aligning with the circular economy agenda and balancing technical, economic and environmental factors in the process. In 2018, he was runner-up in the Horizon Prize on Materials for Clean Air from the European Commission’s DG R&I. Currently, Dr Gallagher is currently involved in several National (e.g. SEAI) and European (e.g. H2020) projects on passive ventilation and environmental quality design solutions, and is working with national and international partners to improve air quality in the built environment.
Panelist: Alan Sweeney, European Clean Process Segment Manager, Camfil
Chair: Dr. Daniel Coakley, Secretary, ASHRAE Ireland
Date/Time: Thu, Aug 27, 2020 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM BST
Presentation Slides: [1] D. Coakley [2] A. Sweeney
Further Information: Video
This seminar will focus on the virosphere and risk groups for biological agents, transmission routes of microorganisms and how they behave in the air. It will look at PPE as source control, air filtration guidelines and current industry ventilation guidelines during the pandemic. The webinar will cover topics including: the relationship between air filtration efficiencies and particle sizes; air filter guidelines and air filter upgrade possibilities & recommendations in the current crisis situation; as well as an explanation and focus on how Absolute HEPA filtration can help. It will finish with some examples and a comparison of air cleaning technologies and some case studies of air cleaner deployment.

About the Speaker: Alan currently leads Camfil Group’s European Clean Process division. In his role, Alan advances the position of efficient contained filtration, dust collection, and safety in dust handling for Clean Process applications. The position brings him into contact with a wide range of Pharmaceutical and process industry issues every day, which leads to a great industry cross-over of information and solutions.

Alan has worked in air-filtration for over 30 years. He has helped many Pharma Clients world-wide over the Years in terms of offering the optimum choices in filtration terms. Alan is a Subject Matter Expert on a range of Air filtration topics and a frequent speaker and presenter globally at industry and educational events.

Part 7: “REHVA COVID-19 guidance for HVAC systems operation and reduction the spread of viral diseases in workplaces"

Panellist: Prof. Jarek Kurnitski, Chair of REHVA Technology and Research Committee
Chair: Tony O’ Keeffe, CTTC Chair, ASHRAE Ireland Chapter
Date/Time: Thu, Sep 10th , 2020 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM BST
Presentation Slides: [1] T. O'Keeffe [2] J. Kurnitski
Further Information: Video

New evidence on SARS-CoV-2 airborne transmission has made ventilation measures the most important engineering controls in the infection control. While physical distancing is important to avoid a close contact, the risk of an aerosol concentration and cross-infection from 1.5 m onward from an infected person can be reduced with adequate ventilation and effective air distribution solutions. Three levels of guidance are discussed in the presentation: (1) how to operate HVAC and other building services in existing buildings right now during an epidemic; (2) how to conduct a risk assessment and assess the safety of different buildings and rooms; and (3) what would be more far-reaching actions to further reduce the spread of viral diseases in future in buildings with improved ventilation systems.

About the Speaker: Jarek Kurnitski is a Professor at Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia, and at Aalto University, Finland. As Chair of REHVA Technology and Research Committee he has been leading REHVA COVID-19 Task Force preparing European HVAC guidance for an epidemic situation. He is the leader of Estonian Center of Excellence in Research ZEBE, Zero Energy and Resource Efficient Smart Buildings and Districts. He is internationally known for the preparation of technical definitions for nearly zero energy buildings through many activities in REHVA Technology and Research Committee and contributions to European standards. He has been deeply involved in the work to improve the energy efficiency and indoor climate of the built environment in Estonia and Finland with major contribution in the development of energy calculation frames for present energy performance regulations

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