Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) CEU Web Series - Part 1

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July 30, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Webinar - Zoom

Brought to you by the Committee On The Environment

AIA Houston COTE Committee Web Series

Design Principles for Architects: Part 1 - Indoor Air as a Design Opportunity 

We spend the vast majority of our lives indoors, representing an opportunity for a targeted health intervention by focusing on the quality of indoor air. What we breathe matters. Air moves into our lungs and into every organ, tissue, and cell as it provides oxygen to fuel our lives. The foundations of IAQ are first establishing a reliable enclosure that separates indoor from outdoor air and then supplying (or using) indoor air that is cleaned, conditioned, and protected from pollutants. This seminar will provide a clear overview of why IAQ matters, how to ensure a strong enclosure, and how to control various contaminants, including particles, chemicals, and microbes. Now more than ever, with our clients mostly indoors, they depend on us to come to the table with the knowledge and expertise and to explain the risks and make these decisions skillfully.

Topic: Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Series: Design Principles for Architects Part 1 | What You Can't See - Indoor Air as a Design Opportunity

AIA Credit: 1.0 HSW/LU

Date: July 30

Time: Noon - 1:00pm (CST)

COST: All AIA members experiencing hardship (loss of work, reduced pay) as a result of COVID 19, may attend these sessions FREE. Please email Rhonda for hardship request.

  • AIA or AIA Assoc Member - $10
  • Affiliate Member - $10
  • Non-Member - $25
  • Request Hardship Consideration / AIA Members - $0

Registration is required.  Instructions will be emailed to all registrants the day before the presentation.


Part II of the IAQ series, which will focus on the decision-making process for our buildings’ IAQ delivery systems, will take place August 13th – more information here.


Speaker: Kristof Irwin, PE, M. Eng., Principal

Kristof Irwin, P.E., M Eng., is the principal of Positive Energy. In that role he works to rethink the way society delivers conditioned space to itself and recognizes the potential of homes and buildings to impact human and planetary thriving. Kristof’s background includes 12 years of experience as a custom builder (including deep energy retrofits and zero-net energy projects) and 11 years as a building science consultant. He worked for 14 years as an engineer, research scientist, and physicist for government and university research labs. He is active in the local and national high-performance building community including his role as past Chair of AIA Austin’s Building Enclosure Committee, Advisor to the AIA Austin COTE Committee, as well as several ASHRAE committees - ASHRAE TC-2.1 (Physiology & Human Environment), ASHRAE SSPC-55 (Thermal comfort), ASHRAE SSPC-62.2 (Ventilation/IAQ) - and serves on the Board of Passive House Austin Chapter (PHAUS). Kristof hosts The Building Science Podcast to promote education, advocacy and understanding for the public and within the AEC industry.