Healthy Buildings for People: Multi-scaled Approach for Improving Indoor Air Quality
The unprecedented coronavirus pandemic has infected more than 620 million people and taken over 6 million lives globally. The most common way COVID-19 is transmitted is from one person to another through small airborne particles. Indoor air quality research is paramount to moving forward and keeping people safe and businesses open. Syracuse University has been collaborating with Carrier Corporation to develop indoor air quality (IAQ) strategies that help to meet the current challenges of living, working and traveling in indoor spaces during a pandemic and better prepare for possible future epidemics and pandemics.
This R&T forum will introduce Carrier’s Healthy Building Program, and the important collaborative research with Syracuse University that will contribute to the design of risk mitigation and IAQ strategies – while considering effectiveness, cost and scale. These findings contribute to standards, guidelines and best practices needed to develop effective and sustainable strategies. These include multi-scale IAQ control strategies at building, room, personal and breathing-zone levels and consider outdoor ventilation, filtration systems, air distribution and cleaning methods, personal ventilation and masks.
Michael Birnkrant: Carrier’s Healthy Building Program: Challenges and opportunities when focusing on people
Jianshun “Jensen” Zhang: Multiscale strategies for improving IAQ and reducing the risk of infectious disease transmission
Jianshun Zhang, Executive Director, Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems
Dr. Zhang has more than 30 years of research experience in built environmental systems (BES) and is a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering in the College of Engineering & Computer Science at Syracuse University. He is one of three co-leaders of the University’s Energy and Environment research cluster and leads the Heathy and Intelligent Built Environments subcluster. Zhang also serves as the director of the Building Energy and Environmental Systems Laboratory at Syracuse University.
Michael Birnkrant, Associate Director, Healthy Building Engineering Lead
Dr. Michael Birnkrant leads Carrier’s Indoor Air Quality group, pioneering new HVAC solutions to improve human health in buildings, recently delivering a layered strategy for pandemic resilience in buildings. Mike earned a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University and doctorate degree from Drexel University.