IBPSA January 28th - Energy Efficiency and IAQ in the COVID-19 Era

IBPSA Lecture

A Delicate Balance: Energy Efficiency and IAQ in the COVID-19 Era

Target Audience:

Engineers, Architects, & Simulationists


Date and Time:

January 28th, 2021 – 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. MT








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COVID has shaken the building design, construction, and operations industries. It has transformed our thinking about congregating indoors and sharing space. Some of this will fade in time, some is here to stay, some of it sparks design ideas for a healthier building future. In this talk, Van Den Wymelenberg will briefly illustrate historic relationships of buildings and health, present novel research on techniques to conduct indoor microbial surveillance, and elaborate on the relationship between layered disease transmission risk mitigation strategies, energy consumption, and to some extent building simulation.

1. Describe the role of architecture and building operations on the risk of viral transmission indoors.

2. Describe basic principles of how building design and operations impact the indoor microbiome, including viruses and bacteria.

3. Identify potential pathways for viral transmission within buildings outline concepts of layered risk mitigation strategies.

4. Envision ways that building simulation techniques can be used during both building design and operations phases to support human health.

Kevin Van Den Wymelenberg

Professor of Architecture at the University of Oregon, founded the Institute for Health in the Built Environment (https://buildhealth.uoregon.edu/) and directs the Biology and the Built Environment Center and Energy Studies in Buildings Laboratory. His work seeks to broaden the network of researchers and practitioners such that issues concerning health, comfort, and sustainability in the human ecosystem are addressed in a way that benefits our work, our community, and our planet.

He has a PhD in the Built Environment from the University of Washington. He has consulted on several hundred new construction and major renovation projects with architects and engineers, and several of these projects have been recognized with AIA’s Committee on the Environment Top 10 Awards. He has been invited to speak at the National Academy of Sciences Engineering and Medicine, the US House of Representatives, and many conferences. He has authored over 100 articles related to building design, operation and performance. He has secured over $15M in funded research and in energy and indoor environmental quality for organizations such as the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, US Environment Protection Agency, US Department of Energy, US Department of Agriculture, The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and others.