Webinar Series

2nd July 2020 – “Addressing the challenges of COVID-19 in Building Services”

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
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.

18th June 2020 – “A Data-driven COVID-19 Response Framework for Global Workplaces”

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 – Introduction
[2] P. Rastogi – “A Data-driven COVID-19 Response Framework for Global Workplaces
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.