Roof-gaugesDid you miss the recent Maine Indoor Air Quality Conference?  Here’s your chance to benefit from some of the great sessions that were offered. The Maine Indoor Air Quality Council is re-presenting four of the workshops from the April conference throughout the summer months.

To register click here. 

Program Schedule:

IPD improves IAQ:  A Case Study for Integrated Design

(Includes a behind-the-scenes facility tour and the Annual Business Meeting of the MaineIAQ Council.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Conference Room 2, New MaineGeneral Alfond Center for Health, 35 Medical Center Parkway, Augusta, ME

Registration Opens 7:45 a.m.
Program 8:15 – 10:30 a.m. (includes 30 minute Annual Business Meeting of the MIAQC)
Behind-the-Scenes Tour:  10:30 a.m. to 12:00 Noon

Presented by:  Michael Chonko, P.E., CEM – SMRT, Portland, Maine; Katherine Everett, P.E.,LEED AP – SMRT, Portland, Maine; Rick Albert, Maine General Medical Center, Augusta, Maine; John Scott, JF Scott Constructon Company, Winthrop, ME

Program Description:

Obtaining high levels of indoor air quality (IAQ/IEQ) requires an integrated and collaborative approach.  To effectively understand and incorporate project objectives, communication, decision making and teamwork are key.   Involving all the project stakeholders at the outset, therefore, is the surest way to secure a successful outcome.  SMRT will describe our approach in the case study of the MaineGeneral Alfond Center for Health located in Augusta which opened in the Fall 2013.  This 192-bed inpatient hospital was designed and constructed using the Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) method.  The IPD format binds the Owner, Architect/Engineer and Constructor as a team under one contract from conception to completion.  This approach — integrated design on steroids – deeply engages all stakeholders at every step and at all levels of decision-making, seamlessly integrating information and motivating all parties toward mutual success.   The presenters will explain the unique, sometimes challenging characteristics of this procurement approach and reveal how it can lead to top project performance.

IAQ in Net Zero Homes
July 15, 2014
Location TBA
Registration at 8:00 a.m.  Program 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Presenter:  William A. Turner, M.S., P.E. – Turner Building Science & Design, Harrison, ME

Achieving high performance in extremely airtight homes requires both good planning and execution of design. Distributing and filtering ventilation air for reasonable financial and energy costs in a net-zero home is a key consideration that must accompany a home that meets Passive House air tightness goals and US EPA Energy Star Indoor Air Plus design objectives.  Design, implementation, and energy use  data results will be presented for a large award winning New England home that is located in climate zone #6.

Session Objectives: By attending this session, participants will:

a.       Recognize the importance of source control, whole house distribution of ventilation air, and ASHRAE Std. 62.2.

b.      Recognize why pressure balance, ERV, window, door, kitchen, combustion appliance, and garage design may be  key items for meeting performance goals in a healthy net-zero home.

c.       Recognize opportunities for reducing electricity use when filtering and distributing ventilation air.

d.      Recognize the importance of occupant behavior.

The Legal Issues of IAQ:  Manage Your Risk
Friday, August 15, 2014
The Island Institute, 386 Main Street, Rockland, ME
8:00 a.m. – Registration
8:30 a.m. – Program
10:00 a.m. – Adjourn

Presenter:  Ted Small, Esquire, Isaacson & Raymond, Lewiston, ME

This session will provide attendees with an understanding of the law(s) of indoor air quality and how use of contracts and insurance can help you manage risks associated with indoor air quality.

Mythbusters of IAQ:  Ducted Residential Ventilation Installations in Existing Homes

Date & Location TBA (likely in the Lewiston/Auburn area)

Presenter:  Kurt Johnson, Fresh Air Ventilation, Inc., Auburn, ME

Topic:  Kurt will present practical strategies to overcome the challenges of installing ventilation systems in existing homes.  Contrary to popular belief, Kurt will demonstrate that it is neither too hard nor too expensive to ventilate existing homes well.


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