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On-Demand Webinar: Make the Most of Federal COVID Funds for School IAQ Upgrades

The heat is on this summer as schools scramble to make 'Cost-Effective COVID Upgrades.' Learn how from IAQ experts Paul Tseng and Ed Light.

Originally Broadcast Thursday, June 17th, 2021 | 11AM ET/8AM PT

Summer traditionally marks the start of school rehab season across the U.S., but this summer promises to be even more nerve-wracking. With most schools now expected to start the fall term with full in-person staff and students, the race is on to make these existing facilities as safe as possible in this critical new phase of the COVID-19 pandemic. Pressure is mounting as new federal funds are now available for these projects, so K-12 school districts are seeking the most cost-effective approach to the operation & maintenance of their existing HVAC systems to mitigate COVID-19. Our speakers contend "too much hype" has been placed on costly equipment upgrades, replacements and additions when more practical and simpler methods may be just as effective. This presentation will adapt their broader March/April HPAC cover story on the same topic to focus specifically on the education market.

Learning Objectives:

  • What does the research tell us about how COVID is actually being transmitted between occupants?
  • How much ventilation is needed to minimize COVID spread in buildings?
  • How much filtration is needed to minimize COVID spread?
  • Are there other building response measures which reduce COVID risk more than HVAC modifications?
  • Audience members will also be invited to submit questions throughout the presentation.


Paul Tseng, President, Advanced Building Performance, Inc.

Paul Tseng is president of Advanced Building Performance, Inc., which he founded in 2003 to address challenges of wellness in buildings, high performance building systems, deep energy efficiency and system resilience. He is a commissioning specialist with 40 years of experience in HVAC, energy efficiency, and IAQ. A professional engineer, Tseng is also a LEED Fellow, a life member of ASHRAE and the author of many articles for journals such as ASHRAE Journal and HPAC Engineering magazine. 

Ed Light, President, Building Dynamics LLC

Ed Light is president of Building Dynamics LLC and a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) specializing in indoor air quality (IAQ). Active in the industry for 40 years, he is an AIHA Fellow, member of ASHRAE, author of over 40 peer-reviewed scientific publications and the chair of various national and international committees. Building Dynamics employs mechanical engineers and industrial hygienists following a multi-disciplinary approach to IAQ, HVAC design, and energy management.

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