Healthy Buildings Conference Transitions To A Live Virtual Format
To protect the health and safety of all attendees, presenters and staff, organizers for the Healthy Buildings Conference will host the upcoming conference, scheduled to take place Jan. 18-20, 2022, in a virtual format. This live event, sponsored by the International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate (ISIAQ) and hosted by the Cleaning Industry Research Institute (CIRI) will feature more than 200 science-based oral presentations, poster presentations and workshops focused on “Bridging the Gap Between Research and Practice—In the Age of COVID-19 and Beyond.”
“Particularly now, as new COVID-19 variants proliferate, everyone wants a better understanding of how to keep our buildings healthy and safe,” said John Downey, Executive Director, CIRI. “This change in plans is not totally unexpected given all the uncertainty of the past two years. We are well prepared to deliver an abundance of new research in a real-time, virtual format.”
The three-day conference will include three tracks, each containing multiple 90-minute sessions organized around key themes, such as the impact of indoor air quality on health, comfort, productivity and perception, sources and health effects, cleaning and disinfection, ventilation, SARS-CoV-2 transmission and more.
Most sessions will feature up to eight short “lightning” presentations with a live Q&A. Others will be in an interactive workshop format, including two to three presentations around a specific topic. Each workshop will also include a panel discussion and a question and answer session with presenters. All content will be searchable by topic and author, allowing you to determine your preferred schedule.
A few of the topics covered include:
• A Pilot Study on School Cleaning Intervention — Dr. Richard Shaughnessy, Dr. Ulla Haverinen-Shaughnessy, Dr. Mark Hernandez
• Disinfectant Type and its Relationship with Antimicrobial Resistance in Isolates and Communities — Ms. Olivia Barber, Prof. Erica Hartmann
• Disinfection By-Products Arising from Indoor Space Disinfection for COVID-19 — Dr. Caroline Widdowson
• Assessment of Enhanced Cleaning and Disinfection in Hilton Hotels in Colorado, North Carolina and Oklahoma — Dr. Richard Shaughnessy, Dr. Ulla Haverinen-Shaughnessy, Dr. Eugene Cole, Dr. Mark Hernandez
• Chemical Exposure Reduction in Cleaning and Disinfectant Processes — Dr. Pawel Misztal, John Downey, Dr. Dustin Poppendieck, Dr. Kerry Kinney
In addition to oral and poster sessions and workshops, Healthy Buildings will feature plenary talks from renowned experts from research and practice:
• Joseph G. Allen, associate professor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and co-author of Healthy Buildings: How Indoor Spaces Drive Performance and Productivity.
• Terry Brennan, building scientist, educator and author of the USEPA Moisture Control For Commercial Building Design, Construction, Operations And Maintenance Guidance. With a background in physics, biology and building construction, Mr. Brennan combines theory and practice in a unique and integrated way.
• Lidia Morawska, Professor at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane, Australia, and the Director of the International Laboratory for Air Quality and Health (ILAQH) at QUT, which is a Collaborating Centre of the World Health Organization on Research and Training in the field of Air Quality and Health. Professor Morawska was recently identified as one of Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People of 2021.”
• Jordan Peccia, Associate professor of Environmental Engineering at Yale University. Peccia’s research integrates engineering and public health approaches with quantitative molecular biology tools to study human exposure to microbes in the built environment.
• Anita van Breda is Senior Director of Environment and Disaster Management at the World Wildlife Fund. With more than 20 years of experience in conservation and disaster management, she currently leads WWF’s work supporting environmentally responsible disaster recovery, reconstruction, and risk reduction including international policy, operations, and training, and is a member of the WWF Internal Covid-19 Working Group.
• Greg Whiteley, Chairman of Whiteley Corporation and Adjunct Fellow in the School of Medicine at Western Sydney University.
“To create and maintain healthy buildings, we first need to understand the research,” added Downey. “Attendees to this conference will leave equipped with the scientific data they need to make informed decisions around creating and maintaining healthy indoor spaces.”
To learn more about this conference, please visit https://hb2021-america.org
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