January 16, 2019 - 11:30am to 1:00pm

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Austin Center for Architecture
801 W. 12th Street
78701 Austin , TX
Phone: 512-452-4332

Five Principles to Delivering Healthy Homes in Humid Climates

Presented by Kristof Irwin, P.E., M. Eng.
Building Science Consultant, Principal
Positive Energy

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"Health is the new Green" for our homes and buildings.  All of us spend most of our lives immersed in indoor air. The quality of this air has known impacts to our health. Designing around human health is strongly emerging as a new design narrative. Architects and their project teams need a clear and concrete approach to delivering indoor health, comfort and well-being. This seminar will break this nuanced and daunting topic down into five actionable principles that will guide and frame decision-making through a project’s lifecycle. The principles are: (1) Start with a good enclosure, (2) Minimize indoor emissions, (3) Keep it dry, (4) Ventilate, and (5) Filter. The time to view conditioned space as a health intervention opportunity with the architect as a leading advocate is here.  

Learning Objectives:
1.    Participants will understand the relationship between indoor environments and human health and well-being. 
2.    Participants will be able to identify and understand known and emerging contaminants that negatively impact indoor health.
3.    Participants will understand how actions at the design and construction phases of a building project can impact the health of future occupants.
4.    Participants will be able to apply 5 clear and actionable rules to designing and building for improved health, comfort, and well-being: 1) start w/ a good enclosure, (2) minimize indoor emissions, (3) keep it dry, (4) effectively capture particles, and (5) ventilate.

1.5 LU/HSW (approved for AIA CEU)

This is a special 90-minute meeting. Lunch will be provided.

BEC: Austin is an interdisciplinary organization that promotes the exchange of information on building enclosures and related science specific to the climate of Central Texas.
Interdisciplinary:  architects, engineers, contractors, building owners, consultants, facility managers, code officials, educators, manufacturers, and those with a stake in building enclosure performance
Exchange of information:  discussion, training, education, outreach, and awareness
Building enclosures and related science:  energy-efficiency, moisture control, indoor air quality, longevity, and durability
BEC: Austin typically meets the first Wednesday of each month from 12-1pm.
2019 BEC: Austin Committee Chairs:
Michael Craig, LEED AP BD+C
Kayla Maines, AIA