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Panel Session 2
Panel Session 2

October 30
10:15am – 11:15am
Moderated by Vivian Lo

The Air We Breathe: Part 2

How Can We Improve Indoor Air Quality and Make Homes Safer and More Comfortable to Live In?

Outdoor air has been regulated for decades, but emissions from daily domestic activities may be more dangerous than anyone imagined. Harmful airborne contaminants within your home or workplace can lead to serious health issues and even death. It has been documented that most homes are more polluted than the air outside. 

COVID-19 is one of the diseases known to spread by infectious aerosols. The risk of pathogen spread (and therefore the number of people exposed), can be affected both positively and negatively by the airflow patterns in a space and by heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) and local exhaust ventilation (LEV) systems. How does this affect our living environment? How can professionals in the building industry help homeowners (or residents) to navigate safely through this unprecedented period of change?

In this informative and lively session, we hear from industry experts what we can do to ensure cleaner air where we live. This panel discusses indoor air quality/HVAC issues in the residential sector, based on the occupant/user perspective. With the COVID situation in mind, how can the trades help tackle the indoor air quality/ HVAC issue to ensure the living environment is a safe place to reside in? Discussions will include existing issues in houses, multi- units, mixed-use complexes (condos with shopping malls/ public transit/community facilities) and the concern residents have about germs and viruses in the air they breathe.

This session qualifies for 1hr CEU or 1 ConEd Structured Learning Credit

Vivian Lo

M.Arch., Hon.B.Sc., MRAIC, IDC, AIC, CAPS Technical Specialist, MLTC
Director & Special Projects Editor, The Right Angle Journal, VP Colour
Research Society of Canada

Thomas Yeung

M.Arch., OAA, MRAIC, AIA, HKIA-Assoc.
Principal, TY Architect
Senior Project Director and Senior Planner of Real Estate – PRC, TopFar Developments Ltd. Canada

Tomer Zarhi

Manager, Healthcare, Buildings
M&E, WSP Canada


Gary Mallach

Air Health Effects Scientist,
Health Canada

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