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SUSTAINABILITY | POINT OF VIEW

5 Things to Know about Indoor
Air Quality Now
By Nicole Hammer, Vice President, WSP USA and Mohammad Hossein Abbasi,
Building Performance Consultant, WSP USA

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his year, COVID-19 has introduced one of the biggest indoor air
quality crises of our time and while the industry was working hard
to understand means of reducing disease transmission indoors,
another air quality crisis arose. Wildfire events across the western United
States had a major impact on outdoor air quality and in some instances,
trapped people between COVID-19 indoor threats and hazardous outdoor
air pollution threats. Both events have made it clear that we should be considering how to
make our buildings more responsive and capable of adapting in order to operate as safely and
effectively as possible in changing conditions. Though we cannot fully anticipate the future, we
can establish a framework for the design of our facilities that considers how known risks might
evolve so our buildings become better capable of responding to unknown future events.
CONSIDER THESE FIVE STEPS:

NICOLE HAMMER

Aim for resilience
Resilience has more recently been associated with minimizing risk due to the effects of climate
change, power outages/blackouts, and natural disasters. But the issues we have faced as a society
in 2020 have given us pause and caused us to reevaluate how we design for resilience. Consider
how you want to operate when society and/or your property is facing extreme conditions. Will you
continue to operate as usual, or could you position your property to act as makeshift emergency
facility that has a different sort of purpose in a human health or climate-related event? Document
your plan, stating your intentions clearly. Then, translate this into a playbook that describes how
your operations and procedures would need to change in that situation to enable success. In
order to execute your plan, how might your building operations need to adapt? Also consider how
various building systems may need to function differently in order to realize your plan.

Zone HVAC with intention
Engineers and scientists are conducting extensive research on the air quality risks that have
threatened building occupants this year. When considering how your customers or employees
operate space, remember that no one has all the answers yet. But there are some common best
MOHAMMAD HOSSEIN ABBASI
practices that have evolved in both conversation and publication this year. Consider how people
in your space share, or do not share, the same air. Look into how your public spaces and guestrooms are zoned. Consider
strategies that could minimize air being shared between spaces. Consider how to ensure that the air we pull in from the
outside is filtered appropriately to deliver fresh air with low particulate matter and other toxins to the occupants inside.

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GUEST PERSPECTIVE
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WHO’S WHO
CONFERENCE ROUNDUP
HAVE YOU SEEN?
SCHOLARSHIPS
SCHOLARSHIP HEROES
INTERVIEW
SUSTAINABILITY
Q&A: EDGAR GUTIERREZ
Q&A: BRITTANY SPINNER
Q&A: VANESSA VAUGHAN
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PROJECT: WHITE ELEPHANT PALM BEACH
PROJECT: TERRAMOR OUTDOOR RESORT
PROJECT: citizenM SEATTLE
PROJECT: MELT BY MELISSA
PROJECT: LEFAY RESORT
CHAPTER HIGHLIGHTS
SAVE THE DATE
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PARTNER PROFILES
AD INDEX
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