2014 Conference Workshops PDF Print E-mail


(Keynote/Workshop Day - Thursday, April 17, 2014)

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The 2014 Conference features more than a dozen workshops to help you and your business create healthy, sustainable indoor spaces.  We have sessions on building science, energy efficiency, investigations, sampling, design and construction, facility operations and management, IAQ and health, risk management, ventilation, marketing, and project management.  No matter how your work connects you to the indoor environment, there is a workshop (or two, or three, or more!) here for you.


Workshops in Alphabetical Order...



Analytic Approaches to Problematic Materials (Sponsor Session)

Presenter:  Robert J. DeMalo, Senior Vice President, EMSL Analytical, inc. - Cinnaminson, NJ

This presentation will highlight the analytical approaches for samples with problematic matrices including, but not limited to, Non-friable Organically Bound (NOB) materials such as floor tiles, mastics, asphalt shingles, caulking, glazing, coatings, sealants, adhesives and glues. Maine Asbestos Management Regulations – Chapter 425, require gravimetric reduction for NOB materials prior to analysis by Polarized Light Microscopy (PLM) following the EPA/600/R-93/116 method. Gravimetric reduction is a technique that removes all organic and acid soluble components from suspect asbestos containing building materials (ACBM) samples. Gravimetric reduction improves the accuracy and precision of the PLM analysis technique and significantly reduces the chance of false negative results. In some circumstances it can be beneficial to augment the PLM analysis with sample analysis via Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM). These procedures, with some variations, are currently prescribed in certain states such as NY, NJ, ME & SC. 



The Biology of Indoor Air

Presenter:  Thomas Cheetham, Ph.D., Northeast Laboratory Services, Winslow, Maine

Topic:  A review and description of indoor bioaerosols and their effect on human health.


BPI - Raising the Bar in Home Performance Contracting (Sponsor Session)

Presented by Kirsten Richnavsky, Building Performance Institute

An overview of how a systems approach to home contracting improves both energy efficiency and IAQ.


Breaking Bad:  Clandestine Methamphetamine Labs and their Effects on Air  Quality
A Poster Session (in Exhibit Hall) - Presented by Jessica Healy, B.S., B.A., MPH Candidate, University of New England

This poster presentation increases awareness of the adverse impact of methamphetamine production on the indoor environment.  Methamphetamine production creates significant amounts of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) particulate matter (PM), and affects land, water and air-quality. Methamphetamine production exposes unknowing neighbors, law enforcement personnel, and other first responders to a variety of hazards.  Contaminantion from the molecular structure of methamphetamine can continue to impact occupants of a former clandestine meth lab. Stop by during the networking breaks and learn how to:
identify the volatile organic compounds (VOC's) and particulate matter (PM) associated with methamphetamine production; how to identify different methamphetamine production methods and the associated toxic precursors; how to identify potential health impacts associated with methamphetamine production and secondary exposure associated with methamphetamine production use; how to identify tertiary exposure and its associated effects on health; and how to identify locations and populations at greatest risk and why.

Building Science Discussion Group - Commissioning of HVAC Systems

Moderators:  Dan Kolbert  (Kolbert Construction) and Steve Konstantino (Maine Green Building Supply)

Topic:  A shortened, but not diluted, version of Maine Green Building Supply’s monthly building science discussion group.  Come learn, share, and heckle.  No powerpoints.

Specific Topic TBA



Case Study:  A Failed LEED Building

Presented by:  Kristofer G. Anderson, K.G. Anderson - Bath, ME

This case study will focus on a new LEED certified building in Climate Zone 6, which failed to perform. The investigation included issues involving roofing, flashing, HVAC equipment, ducting and piping and its design and installation, domestic hot water heating, HVAC controls, and commissioning. If you like details and want to learn not only what not to do, but also how to avoid and correct the issues, then this is the work shop for you. We don’t have long so I’ll skip the bio blah, blah, blah in the beginning and get right to the issues.

Health Interventions to Improve Indoor Air quality

Presenters:  Sarah Mayberry, Director, Breathe Easy Coalition, Portland, Maine; Desi-Rae Severson, Research Associate, Maine Asthma Program, Augusta, Maine; Leslie Walleigh, M.D.; Maine Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, Augusta, Maine

Public health professionals play a key role in promoting and creating healthy indoor air environments. This session will provide background on the health effects of poor indoor air, the role health

professionals can play, and will highlight examples of the health risks and problem solving interventions to address them. Target audience: public health and medical professional; secondary: those interested in the role of public health to address indoor air quality.


How to Manage an Indoor Environment During High Heat Events

Presenter:  Norman Anderson, M.S.P.H., Maine CDC, Augusta

This session will introduce participants to the recently adopted guideline for Managing an Indoor Environment in Unconditioned Spaces During High Heat Events.  The session will review recent climate data, discuss the impact high heat can have on human health and productivity, and provide practical tips for how to manage an unconditioned space when heat and humidity rise to unhealthful levels.


IAQ Case Studies and Sampling Tricks & Traps

Presenter:  Jeff May, May Indoor Investigations, Tyngsborough, MA

Topic:  Jeff will look at some of the conditions that he has encountered in homes that caused health symptoms in occupants. The attendees will become familiar with a variety of building problems and some of the sources to look for when investigating IAQ complaints. Jeff will explain some of the techniques that he uses to locate the sources of problems and the difficulties associated with some of the more common testing methods, including impaction (spore-trap) cassettes and ERMI.

Presentation Level - Intermediate



IAQ in Construction Projects

Presenter:  Daniel Della-Giustina, Safety Director, Consigli, Milford, MA

Providing for healthy indoor air quality can be a challenge on all construction projects.  It is a challenge with new construction in that there are many contaminants that affect workers health that have to be identified and controlled accordingly.  Additionally, construction in existing facilities (hospitals, schools, workplaces, institutional) creates a challenge whereby construction companies need to control/eliminate migration of any contaminants generated in the work zone to occupied areas.  This session provides an overview of these critical IAQ issues and how they should be best addressed during both new and existing construction projects.  Topics include:  Prevalence of IAQ problems in construction projects; liability issues; IAQ contaminants commonly found during construction and their affect on health; practical strategies for prevention and containment.  The program will further discuss how “building green” may benefit end users but hurts – occupationally – construction workers.



IAQ in Net Zero Homes

Presenter:  William A. Turner, M.S., P.E. - Turner Building Science & Design, Harrison, ME

Achieving high performance in extremely airtight homes requires both good planning and execution of design. Distributing and filtering ventilation air for reasonable financial and energy costs in a net-zero home is a key consideration that must accompany a home that meets Passive House air tightness goals and US EPA Energy Star Indoor Air Plus design objectives.  Design, implementation, and energy use  data results will be presented for a large award winning New England home that is located in climate zone #6.

Session Objectives: By attending this session, participants will:

a.       Recognize the importance of source control, whole house distribution of ventilation air, and ASHRAE Std. 62.2.

b.      Recognize why pressure balance, ERV, window, door, kitchen, combustion appliance, and garage design may be  key items for meeting performance goals in a healthy net-zero home.

c.       Recognize opportunities for reducing electricity use when filtering and distributing ventilation air.

d.      Recognize the importance of occupant behavior.



Indoor Air Quality Testing for LEED

Presenter:  Lan Chi Nguyen Weekes M.S. Sc, P. Eng.

Topic:  The process for managing, performing and achieving the Indoor Air Quality testing criteria for a large new construction project under LEED NC 2009 will be presented. Comparison and discussion of how the same process can be applied to LEED V.4 will be discussed.



IPD improves IAQ:  A Case Study for Integrated Design

Presented by:  Michael Chonko, P.E., CEM - SMRT, Portland, Maine; Katherine Everett, P.E., LEED AP - SMRT, Portland, Maine; Rick Albert, Maine General Medical Center, Augusta, Maine; John Scott, JF Scott Constructon Company, Winthrop, ME

Obtaining high levels of indoor air quality (IAQ/IEQ) requires an integrated and collaborative approach.  To effectively understand and incorporate project objectives, communication, decision making and teamwork are key.   Involving all the project stakeholders at the outset, therefore, is the surest way to secure a successful outcome.  SMRT will describe our approach in the case study of the MaineGeneral Alfond Center for Health located in Augusta which opened in the Fall 2013.  This 192-bed inpatient hospital was designed and constructed using the Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) method.  The IPD format binds the Owner, Architect/Engineer and Constructor as a team under one contract from conception to completion.  This approach -- integrated design on steroids – deeply engages all stakeholders at every step and at all levels of decision-making, seamlessly integrating information and motivating all parties toward mutual success.   The presenters will explain the unique, sometimes challenging characteristics of this procurement approach and reveal how it can lead to top project performance.



The Legal Issues of IAQ:  Manage Your Risk

Presenter:  Ted Small, Esquire, Isaacson & Raymond, Lewiston, ME

This session will provide attendees with an understanding of the law(s) of indoor air quality and how use of contracts and insurance can help you manage risks associated with indoor air quality. 



Mythbusters of IAQ:  Ducted Residential Ventilation Installations in Existing Homes

Presenter:  Kurt Johnson, Fresh Air Ventilation, Inc., Auburn, ME

Topic:  Kurt will present practical strategies to overcome the challenges of installing ventilation systems in existing homes.  Contrary to popular belief, Kurt will demonstrate that it is neither too hard nor too expensive to ventilate existing homes well.


The Need for Ventilation & Moisture Control (Sponsor Session)

This session will address the need to bring in fresh controlled air and how to prevent (fix) moisture issues in new and remodeled homes. Discussed will be understanding the capabilities and limitations of the HVAC system, how SEER effects moisture removal, why dehumidification can be more cost effective than air conditioning, and the benefits of ventilation and dehumidification to the home and its occupants.

The Outdoor Fungal Aerosol and Its Impact on the Indoor Environment

Presenter:  David Gallup, EM Lab P & K

Topic:  The outdoor aerosol is the primary factor affecting fungal spore concentrations in indoor air providing indoor growth is not present.  Without knowledge of outdoor fungal spore aerosols and how they penetrate indoor environments, it can be difficult or even impossible to interpret indoor air sampling results with the goal of assessing the probability of indoor growth.  This presentation will focus on the nature of outdoor fungal spore populations, including factors affecting their variability over space and time.  Then the factors that effect penetration of these aerosols into indoor environments and their subsequent fate within those environments will be discussed.  Finally, this information will be used to formulate interpretation plans for indoor/outdoor sampling comparisons.

Specifically we will discuss:  Sources of outdoor airborne fungal spores; Fungal life cycles and how they control the aerosol; Both short and long term climatic effects on the aerosol; Effects of ventilation types on penetration of fungal spores; Unintended ventilation and deposition effects; Fate of fungal aerosols in the indoor environment; Developing sampling strategies that address these factors; Interpretation of indoor/outdoor data.  

Intended audience:  All who are interested in indoor fungal aerosols including industrial hygienists, mold investigators, attorneys addressing mold exposure cases, insurance companies writing indoor mold insurance, contractors, etc.  Although more detail will be presented than in most basic presentations, people at all levels of expertise should benefit.



Renewaire: The Perfect Cold Climate Ventilator (Sponsor Session)

Presenters:  Mark Toth; Ross Trethewey - RST Thermal

This session will discusss the benefits of using energy recovery ventilation over other ventilation strategies to ventilate in a cold environment.

Sustainability in the Multi-Family Sector

Presenter: Karla Donnelly, Steven Winter Associates, Inc. - Norwalk, CT

This session will present an overview of sustainability programs in multi-family housing projects.  Using actual case examples, it will discuss alternate multi-family project, such as dormitories and senior housing, focusing on low-rise construction.  Certification and labeling programs such as LEED, NGBS, Energy Star, and Green Communities are briefly introduced with an explanation of which project type is appropriate for which program.  The case studies will emphasize the ventilation strategies in multi-family settings, with an emphasis on the importance of designing and implementing energy efficiency measures. Energy modeling and third party testing and verification are also addressed.



Using the Internet & Social Media Connect Consumers & IAQ Industry Professionals.

Presenter:  Bob Krell,  CIECCIAQP, CMRS, LEED®AP, BPI-Certified BA/ES/HS/AC, EPA-Certified Lead Paint Renovator - Syracuse, NY

A valuable session for helping professionals better utilize these platforms to connect with potential customers, as well as better understand how consumers are presently formulating their opinions on IAQ and building performance issues.



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