Multifamily Ventilation: A Tale of Two Cities

Central ventilation systems in multifamily buildings are a critical health and safety system, with significant energy and carbon ramifications. Through case studies, this session will highlight how poorly performing systems can contribute to the spread of COVID-19 and other airborne issues leading to poor indoor air quality and increased emissions caused by increased energy-use. Presenters will compare different types of ventilation systems that are prevalent in the building stock of New York City and Boston, while exploring techniques for restoring and improving them. Attendees will learn how to evaluate ventilation systems and develop corrective action plans to achieve results based on optimizing energy savings, complying with financing-related and building owner requirements, and how to get the work done properly while avoiding common problems.

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Event Time: 

Thursday, September 24, 2020 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Experience Level: 

2 (some prior experience/knowledge helpful)

CEU Information: 

BPI 1.5 hours
GBCI BD+C, ID+C, O+M, WELL 1.5 hours

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe how central ventilation systems work and the factors that influence their performance
  • Identify good candidates for ventilation system improvements
  • Compare improved ventilation system performance with the energy and carbon implications
  • Evaluate ventilation systems so that the building performance objectives can be achieved and sustained

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