IAQ & Healthy Homes

2018 HPC National Conference Session

IAQ Science and Science Fiction: Tales from the Field

Thursday, April 26
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Salon D (5th Floor)

IAQ is critically important for the health & safety of residents. However, there is a lot that is unknown about IAQ issues, and there are also realities that conflict with conventional wisdom. This session will discuss what is true, and what is fiction, for a variety of indoor air quality issues based on actual measurements in the field. Topics include unvented gas appliances, radon, garage contaminants, and moisture. While all of these can indeed present real problems, there are also significant myths about each that can lead to incorrect conclusions and mitigation decisions. This session will leave attendees with the knowledge to make more rational decisions regarding each of these IAQ issues.

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Paul W. Francisco

Sr. Research Engineer
Applied Research Institute

Paul Francisco runs the Indoor Climate Research & Training group, which includes an IREC-accredited weatherization training program, at the Applied Research Institute of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He does both research & training on issues related to home performance. His research focuses on indoor air quality and energy efficiency in existing homes, emphasizing field measurements. His training focuses on teaching practitioners building diagnostics and health & safety. He is the current chair of ASHRAE’s Standard 62.2.


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