IAQ & Healthy Homes

2018 HPC National Conference Session

What Can You Do with a Consumer IAQ Monitor?

Tuesday, April 24
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: Salon D (5th Floor)
CEUs: BPI, InterNachi, NARI, ASHI

A plethora of indoor quality monitors are available for under $300. These devices measure temperature, relative humidity and concentrations of one or more pollutants; many can interface with smart home systems to activate filtration or ventilation controls. But are they accurate and reliable enough to be useful? We offer two sets of data to address this question. First are experiments at Berkeley Lab in which seven consumer monitors measured concentrations of fine particles (PM2.5) emitted from common sources including cooking, candles, and dust, and compared with data from reference monitors. The four monitors which performed the best will be named. The second presentation will feature experience and data from the ROCIS Low Cost Monitoring Project where cohorts of homeowners are loaned a low cost monitoring kit for a month. Participants learn about their home, observe how outdoor air and behavior impact indoor air quality, and explore opportunities for improvement.

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Brett C. Singer

Staff Scientist
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Brett C. Singer, Ph.D., is the Indoor Environment Group Leader and a Staff Scientist in the Whole Building Systems Department at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He conceives and leads research studies of air pollutant sources, processes, exposures, and control strategies to achieve healthy environments in low-energy use homes and commercial buildings.


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Linda Wigington

Linda M. Wigington & Associates

Linda Wigington is the founder of and has been associated with the Affordable Comfort Conference from its inception in 1986 until 2013. These regional and national events have been instrumental in building the capacity to deliver a whole house approach which addresses the integration of health, safety, durability, and energy performance. Recently, Linda has served as the team leader for the Reducing Outdoor Contaminants in Indoor Spaces (ROCIS) initiative which is funded by The Heinz Endowments (http://ROCIS.org). The goal is to empower champions who work within housing, energy efficiency, environmental advocacy, healthy schools, sustainability, and health-related sectors with the outcome of enhanced collaboration and initiatives to protect indoor spaces and their occupants from outdoor pollution. The ROCIS Low Cost Monitoring Project began in fall of 2015.


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