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Friday Aug 19, 2022

Good Day and welcome to IAQ Radio+ episode 672. This week we welcome Tom Peter and Trent Darden for a show we are calling Joining Forces. Trent and Tom are part of the management team at First Onsite. Each has unique skills and experience that our audience will benefit from hearing about. Trent Darden is SVP of Operations, US East at First Onsite Property Restoration. He was formerly the COO and spent 20 years working at Rolyn Companies of Rockville, MD. Trent started with Rolyn in 2000 as a Project Manager, where he worked exclusively on large loss insurance claims, handling all related estimating and general project management. In 2007, he was named the Vice President of Rolyn’s Estimating and Consulting Department. As Rolyn’s Chief Operating Officer, Trent worked with all of their offices to ensure delivery of the quality service our clients know and expect. A Virginia native, Mr. Darden has lived in the Tidewater area for over forty years. He began working in construction immediately following high school, and throughout his college career at Tidewater Community College and Old Dominion University where he pursued a degree in business. Tom Peter, MS, CIH is Senior Vice President – Regulatory Business Practice at First Onsite Property Restoration. He was formerly the CEO of Insurance Restoration Specialists of East Brunswick, NJ. Tom has supervised just about every type of hazardous waste, indoor environmental quality, mold remediation, water damage restoration project there is and all while in the shoes of a Certified Industrial Hygienist. His vast experience in the field and education make him the go-to guy in the restoration world for everyday and emerging issues in the restoration industry. Tom is also a CIH working as a contractor, something unique in the disaster restoration industry. He sees himself as someone with a scientific and technical background but with realistic and practical solutions.

Friday Aug 12, 2022

This week we welcome Penn State Prof. Dr. Bill Bahnfleth, Dr. Dustin Poppendieck from NIST and Alison Savage from EPA’s indoor environments division for part 2 of our series on the NASEM document Why Indoor Chemistry Matters! This week we focus on the Management of Chemicals in Indoor Environments.   William Bahnfleth is a professor of architectural engineering at the Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) in University Park, PA, where he has been employed since 1994. Previously, he was a Senior Consultant for ZBA, Inc. in Cincinnati, OH and a Principal Investigator at the U.S. Army Construction Engineering Research Laboratory in Champaign, IL. He holds BS, MS, and PhD degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois, where he also earned a bachelor of music degree in instrumental performance. His is a registered professional engineer. Dr. Bahnfeth is the author or co-author of more than 170 technical papers and articles and 14 books and book chapters. He consults on the design of chilled water thermal energy storage systems and has been involved in more than 20 projects world-wide. Dr. Bahnfleth is a fellow of ASHRAE, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the International Society for Indoor Air Quality and Climate (ISIAQ). He has served ASHRAE in a variety of capacities, including Student Branch Advisor, Chapter Governor, Technical Committee and Standing Committee Chair, and as Director-at-Large, Vice President, Treasurer, and 2013-14 Society President. His honors include a 1st place ASHRAE Technology Award, Transactions Paper Award, Distinguished Service and Exceptional Service Awards, The Louise and Bill Holladay Distinguished Fellow Award, the E.K. Campbell Award of Merit and the F. Paul Anderson Award. He is also a recipient of the Penn State Engineering Alumni Society’s World-Class Engineering Faculty Award.   Dustin Poppendieck is a environmental engineer at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). He received his PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 2002. He is a fellow of the International Society for Indoor Air Quality and Climate (ISIAQ). Dustin has been investigating indoor air chemistry since 2002. Most of his efforts have involved characterizing primary emission sources and heterogenous reactions at material surfaces. He has investigated emissions from kerosene can lamps used by nearly a billion people throughout the developing world, spray polyurethane foam, non-smoldering cigarette butts and indoor air cleaning devices. In addition, Dustin has studied the disinfection of biologically contaminated building materials (i.e., anthrax) using high concentrations of ozone, chlorine dioxide, hydrogen peroxide and methyl bromide.    Alison Savage, M.P.H., is a Biologist in the Indoor Environments Division (IED) in the Office of Radiation and Indoor Air (ORIA) at the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and is the current team leader of the Scientific Analysis Team. Since joining IED in 2018, she has worked on a wide variety of indoor air quality (IAQ) issues including reducing exposure to wildfire smoke in indoor environments, air cleaning and filtration, indoor chemistry , indoor exposure to particulate matter, and low-cost air sensors for IAQ, as well as IAQ issues related to emergency preparedness, response, and recovery for wildfires and floods. Ms. Savage manages the EPA task order that supported the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) Emerging Science on Indoor Chemistry consensus study. She also manages the task order supporting the ongoing NASEM consensus study on the Health Risks of Indoor Exposures to Fine Particulate Matter and Practical Mitigation Solutions. Prior to joining EPA, she served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Peru. She holds an M.P.H. in Global Environmental Health from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University and a B.S. in Biology from the University of Michigan.   LEARN MORE at IAQ Radio!

Friday Jul 15, 2022

  This week we welcome Dr. Charles Weschler for a show about a topic of great interest to IEQ and restoration professionals. Restoration contractors are inundated with claims about equipment to help on projects when fires, wildfires and other odor events affect indoor environments. What should practitioners know about ozone, hydroxyls, TI02 and other technologies when investigating or remediating indoor environments? We talk to a world renowned professor about this issue.   Charles J. Weschler -After completing his Ph.D. in Chemistry at University of Chicago (1974), Dr. Weschler did postdoctoral studies with Fred Basolo at Northwestern University. In 1975 he joined Bell Laboratories (Physical Chemistry Division) and was made a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff in 1986. He worked at Bell Labs and its successor institutions for twenty-five years. In 2001 he accepted positions at the Environmental & Occupational Health Science Institute, Rutgers University, and the International Centre for Indoor Environment and Energy, Technical University of Denmark, and in 2010 joined the Building Science department at Tsinghua University as an ongoing Visiting Professor. He continues in those positions. His research interests include chemicals in indoor environments, their sources, their chemistry, and their interactions with building occupants. From 1999-2005 Weschler served on the US EPA’s Science Advisory Board. He has also served on four committees for the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. From 2012 to the present, he has been an advisor to the Sloan Foundation’s program on Chemistry in Indoor Environments. He was elected to the International Academy of Indoor Air Sciences in 1999 and received the Pettenkofer Award, its highest honor, in 2014. Weschler has also received the 2017 Haagen-Smit Prize from Atmospheric Environment; been made “Distinguished Visiting Professor” at Tsinghua University (2018); awarded “Doctor Technices Honoris Causa” from the Technical University of Denmark (2018); and was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2020). His h-index is 69 (Web of Science) and 79 (Google Scholar). http://eohsi.rutgers.edu/eohsi-directory/name/charles-weschler/   LEARN MORE at IAQ Radio!

Friday Jul 08, 2022

This week we welcome Dr. Dave Dorman, Dr. Rima Habre, and Dr. Megan Harries for Part 1 of our 2 part show on the National Academy of Sciences Report called “Why Indoor Chemistry Matters”. We will focus on what the findings mean for practitioners!   David C. Dorman, DVM, PhD is a professor of toxicology in the Department of Molecular Biomedical Sciences at North Carolina State University. Dr. Dorman’s research interests include neurotoxicology, nasal toxicology, pharmacokinetics, and cognition and olfaction in animals. Dr. Dorman is an elected fellow of the Academy of Toxicological Sciences and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences. Dr. Dorman is a diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Toxicology and the American Board of Toxicology. He has chaired or served on several National Research Council committees and is a National Associate of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. He completed a combined PhD and veterinary toxicology residency program at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and holds a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University.   Rima Habre, ScD is an associate professor of environmental health and spatial sciences at the University of Southern California (USC). She leads the Exposure Sciences Research Program in the USC National Institute of Environmental Health P30 Center. Her expertise lies in environmental health, air pollution, and exposure sciences. Her research aims to understand the effects of complex air pollution mixtures in the indoor and outdoor environment on the health of vulnerable populations across the life course. Dr. Habre’s expertise spans measurement, spatiotemporal and geographic information system–based modeling, and mobile health approaches to assessing personal exposures and health risk. She co-chairs the Geospatial Working Group in the nationwide National Institute of Health’s Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes program. Dr. Habre received her ScD in environmental health from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.   Megan E. Harries, PhD is a program officer with the Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. She is the director of the Committee on Emerging Science on Indoor Chemistry, which authored the recently released report on Why Indoor Chemistry Matters. Trained as an analytical chemist, Dr. Harries received a BA from Fordham University and a PhD from the University of Colorado Boulder. Prior to joining the National Academies, she was the recipient of a National Research Council Research Associateship, which she spent at the National Institute of Standards and Technology developing methods for more sensitive and repeatable chemical characterization of trace forensic evidence.   LEARN MORE at IAQ Radio!

Friday Jun 24, 2022

This week we welcome Dr. Bill Sothern, Chris Mikrut and Dr. Michael Berg to discuss their recent paper called Misalignment between Clinical Mold Antigen Extracts and Airborne Molds Found in Water-damaged Homes. We will look at the current antigen testing being done for mold allergies then discuss their results and what changes could be beneficial. The authors have collected a great deal of data from the real world that will be of interest to our audience and hopefully the medical community. LEARN MORE this week on IAQ Radio+   Dr. Bill Sothern is a Certified Industrial Hygienist, LEED AP, and Chief Operating Officer of Microecologies, Inc., a NYC-based indoor environmental consulting firm he founded in 1993. He earned his Doctorate in Public Health from CUNY, and is a recognized contributor to NYC DOHMH, NIEHS, HUD and WHO guidance documents. Bill is an active advocate for changes in law and policy that can improve health outcomes at the population level. He is the primary author of NYC Local Law 13 - 2014 that prohibits the use of paper-faced gypsum boards in moisture-prone building areas, which serves to reduce the occurrence of mold growth and the incidence of asthma. Bill is an active health researcher and is the lead author of the article Misalignment between Clinical Mold Antigen Extracts and Airborne Molds Found in Water-Damaged Homes published in the May 2022 issue of the Annals of the American Thoracic Society. Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, he has conducted environmental assessments for schools, NGO's and businesses throughout NYC to assess HVAC systems and implement ventilation controls to reduce airborne concentration levels of SARS-CoV-2 and thereby reduce risk of transmission of COVID-19 in schools and workplaces. Bill currently serves as a court-appointed independent consultant on mold, water damage and ventilation issues to the NYC Public Housing Authority (NYCHA).   Chris Mikrut is a Senior Investigator at Microecologies, Inc., an indoor environmental consulting firm in New York City. He earned his Masters Degree in Environmental and Occupational Health Science from Hunter College where he was awarded the prestigious National Institute of Safety and Health’s (NIOSH) Scholarship. Chris is an EPA Certified Lead Risk Assessor and NYS Certified Mold Assessor, and over the past 10 years has conducted over 1,000 indoor air quality and indoor environmental inspections in residential and commercial settings involving water damage and mold growth conditions, chemical vapor emissions, construction dust and crystalline silica infiltration, lead-based paint hazards, and other indoor environmental exposure factors. Chris has been a key contributor to program development for response to mold, water damage, and exhaust ventilation issues in NYC Public Housing Authority's (NYCHA) and administration of classroom and field training for NYCHA staff. Chris has also collaborated on several projects as part of Microecologies' research team and is a co-author of the article Misalignment between Clinical Mold Antigen Extracts and Airborne Molds Found in Water-Damaged Homes published in the May 2022 issue of the Annals of the American Thoracic Society.   Dr. Michael Berg joined Eurofins EMLab P&K in 2005 and worked as Department Manager, Regional Director and Technical Director. He holds a Ph.D. in Biology from the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany. Dr. Berg researched plant pathology and plant genetics as postdoctoral fellow at Oklahoma State University. He also worked in fungicide research for BASF in Germany. Dr. Berg engages in training and other educational events with focus on the topics of infection control, water risk management and molecular biology.

Friday Jun 17, 2022

This week we welcome back Brad Prezant to discuss Assessing Risk Infection and Air Exchange. We will also focus on different methods for doing this type of assessment along with the pitfalls and benefits of different methods.   Brad Prezant is an evidence-based public health scientist with a background in epidemiology, occupational health & hygiene, and ergonomics. Until the company was sold in 2007, he operated Prezant Associates, Inc. in Seattle, providing consulting, training, and laboratory services for 20+ years. He is currently Principal Consultant at PREZANT Environmental in Melbourne, Australia. After migrating to New Zealand in 2008, Mr. Prezant spent 3 years at Massey University researching a variety of occupational health issues including solvent exposure to auto body painters, fumigant and VOC exposures from shipping containers, and dust exposures to woodworkers. He previously was Chief Editor of AIHA’s first edition of Recognition, Evaluation, and Control of Indoor Mold, an author of several other standard of care documents, and is the Past Vice President for Practice of ISIAQ (International Society of Indoor Air Quality & Climate). He is involved in a wide variety of indoor air quality and occupational health issues, from indoor moisture and mould to ventilation, traditional IH exposure assessment, and infection transmission indoors. He recently managed the hotel quarantine program in Victoria, Australia.   LEARN MORE this week on IAQ Radio+

Friday Jun 10, 2022

This week we have a little change of pace for our audience. We are playing back a new show that Radio Joe recorded recently with the hosts of the Edifice Complex Podcast, Robert Bean and Adam Muggleton. It was a wide ranging show on the podcasting, IAQ, building science and disaster restoration. We may not have solved all the world’s problems but we did at least start to define what’s needed. This thought provoking show with two worldly Canadians, one of whom is a transplant from the UK, was entertaining and informative. It was a broad discussion about the past, present and future of the built environment. Radio Joe will be on live to answer questions during the playback.   Robert Bean is a retired engineering technology professional having practiced in building construction engineering technology and mechanical engineering. He specialized in the design of indoor environments and high-performance building systems. Bean is a third term ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer, recipient of the Lou Flagg Award, and Distinguished Service Award. He has authored numerous papers, articles, and course curriculums and serves on several technical committees related to indoor environmental quality, building, and thermal energy systems.   Motto: Design for People, Good Buildings Follow   Adam Muggleton has been immersed in property and construction for 37 years. Having worked in 20 countries and held leadership positions at several firms, Adam has a unique skill set derived from experience in property development, design team management, project management, and building commissioning. Adam is passionate about promoting the concept of Commissioning Management as an effective project management tool, to hand over buildings that actually work. He devises and delivers successful project, leadership and testing strategies that achieve optimum outcomes for those involved and affected.   As an industry leader, Adam served on the CIBSE Commissioning Code “A” committee for the 1996 code re-write and the UK BSRIA steering group for Application Guide 16/2002 Variable Flow Water Systems. Adam also served as an international board member for the USA Building Commissioning Association.   Adam’s focus is on property development as a: Property Industry Blogger, Podcaster, and Philosopher Chartered Project Management Surveyor (RICS) Qualified Building Commissioning Professional   Philosophically, the question is this, “why are zero defect, high-performance buildings not normally delivered?”

Friday May 20, 2022

This week we welcome David Jacobs for an interview about his pioneering career working toward making housing healthier for all. For over 40 years David has been a force for good in the healthy homes movement. It started early in his career as a research scientist at Georgia Tech and continues today at his current positions at the NCHH and as the Director, US Collaborating Center for Research and Training on Housing Related Disease and Injury, World Health Organization/Pan American Health Organization. From lead paint to gas stoves and everything in between David has been a tireless advocate for healthy housing. We look forward to his thoughts on accomplishments, current events and the future of healthy housing.   David E Jacobs, PhD, CIH is currently Chief Scientist at the National Center for Healthy Housing, where he recently completed a major study on indoor air quality in homes with gas stoves. He directs the US Collaborating Center for Healthy Housing Research and Training for the World Health Organization. He is also an adjunct associate professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health (Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Division). Jacobs holds degrees in Environmental Engineering, Science and Technology Policy, Environmental Health and Political Science. He is a licensed lead paint risk assessor and a board-certified industrial hygienist. He was a contributing author to the recently released Guidelines on Housing and Health from the World Health Organization. He helped launch the Healthy Homes Initiative in the US in 1999 with a report to Congress, where he has testified on several occasions (most recently in 2021). Dr. Jacobs has led research related to childhood lead poisoning prevention, lead exposure assessment and mitigation, healthy housing, asthma, green building design and policy development. He also was the principal author of the Guidelines for the Evaluation and Control of Lead Based Paint Hazards, the standard industry reference in the field. He was the principal author of the President’s Task Force report on childhood lead poisoning prevention in 2000. He previously served as director of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes from 1995-2004. He has over a hundred peer-reviewed papers and 20 book chapters or books, most of which are available here.

Friday May 06, 2022

This week we welcome back Dr. Joe Spurgeon to talk about the use of surface dust sampling for assessing mold exposure. Many IEP’s are frustrated with the lack of consensus on how to take and interpret surface dust samples for mold. They are also frustrated with the misuse of ERMI scores to assess exposure. Dr. Spurgeon will review his work and discuss his methods. He also hopes our audience will poke and prod to help him improve his recommendations. In the past we have interviewed him about his book on surface sampling, air sampling for mold and sampling after wildfires. Check out the interviews here: Episode 375 Episode 525 Episode 648   Joe Spurgeon, PhD has a multidisciplinary doctorate degree in Analytical Chemistry and Environmental Health from the University of Pittsburgh; and was a Certified Industrial Hygienist from 1993 – 2013. His career has included working as a research chemist on the NBS Lead-Paint Poisoning Program, directing the FAA’s Combustion Toxicology Laboratory, performing Health Assessments for CDC/ATSDR, implementing US EPA’s Laboratory Exposure Assessment Project, and working as a consultant specializing in microbial indoor air quality for US PHS. He has performed over 4,000 residential and commercial investigations involving water intrusions and microbial contaminants; has taught courses on mold investigations, sampling, and data interpretation methods; and has served as an expert witness in numerous mold cases. Articles from Dr. Spurgeon are available at www.bi-air.com. His books are available at http://expertonmold.com/

Friday Apr 29, 2022

This week we welcome Brian Lester and Roger Berry for a discussion on mold remediation and cleaning products. Brian has been doing remediation for nearly 25 years and Roger is an entrepreneur and Founder of SUDOC, he also has a lengthy and fascinating history in world affairs. The Z-man is intrigued by the product they have developed and when the Z-man is takes notice of a cleaning product it’s a good bet there is something there. We’ll LEARN MORE today. Brian Lester has been in the cleaning and restoration business since 1998 when he started as a carpet cleaner doing water extractions with a portable extraction machine. He has managed 1000s of drying jobs as well as countless mold remediation projects. He is currently the President of Indiana Mold Remediation and work with his brother and best friend providing remediation work to all of central Indiana. Brian also  represents Dot cleaner as a product specialist having taken part in the design and implementation of the dot cleaning product directly into the remediation market. Dilute oxidation technology is new technology developed at Carnegie Mellon University. His friend Terry Collins is the inventor. The technology, which they refer to as the NT7 molecule is an oxidizing catalyst which mimics the action the takes places in the human body. They use this new technology because it reduces the chemical burden of remediation contractors.  Because Dot is a dry form product, their waste and shipping burden is markedly lower. Roger Berry is a passionate and experienced CEO and investor in high-potential technology companies with a focus on sustainability. Two decades plus of experience in private equity, covering fundraising, team incubation, deal due diligence, sustainable technology development and ultimately as CEO for a series of technology companies, has prepared Roger for his current role in building a transformative sustainable chemistry company in Sudoc. Roger has experience in analyzing and managing turnarounds and start-up ventures. Roger was a Partner with TEM Capital, an early-to-growth stage fund manager focused on clean energy and sustainable resources. On behalf of TEM, Roger served as CEO of two businesses including Clean Electricity Generation (CEG), a company with proprietary clean energy technology. Roger was Head of Group Funds and Investor Relations for Climate Change Capital, a fund manager with over $1.6 billion of assets. From 2000 to 2006, Roger was a Managing Partner and co-founder of Liberty Global Partners, an advisory and placement firm focused on emerging markets private equity. Liberty Global Partners raised significant commitments from institutional investors and led the creation of the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association. Roger had formative experiences in the United States Congress and First Lady Hillary Clinton’s health care task force. He subsequently worked in international development and conflict resolution. Roger draws inspiration from the times he spent with historic figure Nelson Mandela and other leaders of South Africa’s transition to democracy. He first met President Mandela in 1993, before he became President, where he helped coordinate his testimony in front of the congressional International Affairs subcommittee on Africa. He subsequently went to work for the National Democratic Institute, living in Southern Africa and supporting the new leadership to establish key legislative processes. While in South Africa, he was also part of a team that facilitated discussions for the conflicted parties of Northern Ireland with the leadership of South Africa’s government including President Mandela. This event was credited as a helpful step in the process of achieving reconciliation in Northern Ireland. Motivated by the impact of learning, Roger developed and co-teaches a course on private equity for the International Business Program at Tufts University Fletcher Graduate School. Roger serves on several Boards including the Managing Board of Aptima Ventures, the commercialization arm of Aptima Inc, a company that has done over $300 million of R&D on how technology and data can assess and enhance human performance for NASA, the US military and various agencies of health. Roger is the co-chair of the Harvard Alumni Committee for Cambridge, which is responsible for interviewing all of the city’s applicants to the college. Roger is an honors graduate of Harvard University (1990) where he advanced to the number two position on the nationally ranked division one tennis team. He lives in Cambridge, MA with his wife Sonia Perez Villanueva, their three children Oscar, Alonso, and Alana, and their young beagle Millie.


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This is the place where the world discusses indoor air quality, the built environment and disaster restoration issues. Every Friday at noon ET the show is live. The shows host are Joe Hughes, President of IAQ Training Institute and Cliff Zlotnik, President of IDEAZ, LLC. Every week we interview experts from the indoor air quality, building sciences and disaster restoration industry.

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