Climate Change, Indoor Air Quality and Quality of Life

11:15 am, Room 210 - Action and Advocacy

Aileen C. Gagney, Aileen Gagney Consultants & Dan Wildenhaus, TRC

Changing conditions may not necessarily introduce new risks for occupants but may make existing IAQ problems more difficult and more severe, thereby increasing the necessity for truly understanding the components of IAQ as well as good filtration. Preventative approaches and interventions such as the importance of filter replacement/housing as well as MERV and HEPA ratings, as well as the top certifications and scores that may convey the value proposition of good IAQ will be discussed. Combining this information while emphasizing energy efficiency and comfort to the home owner/buyer to optimize quality of life, will be discussed.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to understand the likely impacts of climate change on IAQ and the public health consequences of increased and/or new contaminants

  • Participants will be able to identify the criteria are that determine good filtration and IAQ scoring platforms and programs

  • Participants will be able to recognize current and upcoming resources for products and processes designed to maximize good IAQ beyond ventilation.

Aileen has master’s Degrees in architecture and Fine Arts. She is Green-Advantage Certified, a Healthy Home Specialist, a Certified Lead Renovator and a Dust Sampling Technician. Currently she is working for the Tribal Healthy Homes Network as their Technical Advisor and Trainer, training tribal communities in the northwest, including Alaska, as well as nationally in the airMATTERS program. She also manages a pilot asthma home visiting program, funded by the EPA Region 10, with the Tulalip Tribes. She is a regional trainer and Affiliate Lecturer for the University of Washington’s Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Healthy Homes Courses.

As the Building Science Manager for TRC, Dan has completely immersed in the discussion of what is required to create High Performance Buildings. Dan has over 23 years of experience working directly for both a contractor and a Rating company; performing energy audits & Ratings, weatherization repairs, consulting & analysis for private clients in both New Construction and the existing buildings market. After 15 years working directly in the field, Dan transitioned to the consulting side of the business, working with program implementation companies, finding a home with TRC. Dan currently provides staff management, Building Science consultation, QA/QC design, code evaluation, market channel development, and training & presentation services for a variety of utility and Home Certification Programs.