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Breathing Easy – Filtration Best Practices for Indoor Environmental Quality

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The average person spends 87% of their life indoors – living, working, and sleeping, and all the while breathing indoor air. How much does your HVAC system help reduce particles or particulate matter and pollutants from this air? How effective are the filters we use? Does this change from installation over time? How does the MERV translate to improved air quality? And how much of a role do filters play in providing healthy environments?

These questions among others about the health of our indoor environments have been at the forefront of building commissioning and operations over the last year. Filtration has been identified as a key strategy in our efforts to improve indoor environmental quality and we have seen an exponential increase in the use of MERV-13 and HEPA filters in response to COVID-19 safety precautions.

Join this webinar as Jesse Sycuro, P.E., CCP, McKinstry Co., talks with Jeffrey Siegel, Ph.D., University of Toronto, about the effectiveness of filters and the importance of air filtration in making it easier for us to breath.


  • Jeffrey Siegel, Ph.D.

    Jeffrey Siegel, Ph.D., is Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Toronto and a member of the university’s Building Engineering Research Group. He holds joint appointments at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and the Department of Physical & Environmental Sciences. He holds an M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley as well as a B.Sc. from Swarthmore College. He is fellow of ASHRAE and a member of the Academy of Fellows of ISIAQ. His research interests including healthy and sustainable buildings, ventilation and indoor air quality in residential and commercial buildings, control of indoor particulate matter, the indoor microbiome, and moisture interactions with indoor chemistry and biology.

  • Jesse Sycuro, PE, CEM, CCP

    Jesse Sycuro has served as Director-at-Large, Conference Committee Chair, co-author of the Ongoing Commissioning Best Practices, and now as the BCxA IBOD Treasurer. Jesse is the Operations Director for McKinstry’s National Technical Services team, leading asset management, building commissioning, and energy efficiency projects across country. Having commissioned new and existing buildings, managed smart building solutions for ongoing commissioning solutions, and having led maintenance and operations teams, Jesse leverages his experience to work with clients to find innovative solutions that maximize the efficiency of the built environment while reducing lifecycle costs. He is a U.S. Navy veteran, with experience managing nuclear power plant maintenance and operations.

April 12, 2021
Mon 12:00 PM PDT

Duration 1H 0M

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