Indoor Air Quality Advisory Group
The global pandemic has brought attention to many issues that previously were only of interest to small cadres of insiders and subject matter experts. One issue whose profile has been raised significantly is Indoor Air Quality, particularly as a means of limiting the spread of a virus like COVID-19 but also as a factor in the quality of daily life.
The simple fact is that modern humanity spends more time inside manmade structures and for far too long the quality of the air breathed by residents, students, patients, and more, has not been considered.
The pandemic has forced leaders to become more fully versed in understanding indoor environments and many within our engineering community here in Ontario have participated in discussions around setting standards for institutions including schools, hospitals, and nursing homes.
The simple fact is that engineers as a group, are best suited to understand the challenges and opportunities of varying building envelopes. Engineers are well versed in construction design as well as the current mechanical systems that make the air safe to breathe. This duality is why OSPE, on behalf of its members, provided guidance on the reopening of buildings including advising on mechanical equipment and system upgrades that would increase IAQ in structures where our most vulnerable citizens congregate.
Climate Crisis Task Force Chair
Joseph Fox (P.Eng.) is the Building Automation Systems Energy Coordinator for the Toronto District School Board, where he is responsible for over 600 public schools. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Queen’s University and has over 10 years of experience in the HVAC industry.
IAQ Task Force Members
Amy Li, Ph.D.
Andy R. Thomson, M.Arch. OAA, MRAIC
David Elfstrom, P.Eng.
Duncan Phillips, P.Eng., Ph.D.
James Andrew Smith, P.Eng., Ph.D.
Marianne Levitsky, CIH, ROH
Petre Moga, Mech. Eng.
Stephane Bilodeau, P.Eng., Ph.D.
Ted Mao, P.Eng., Ph.D.
Tomer Zarhi, P.Eng.
Victor Leung, MD, FRCPC