Indoor Environmental Quality for Energy and Productivity  

Education Type: 
1.5 Hours


0.2 CEU
Sponsored by: 

DOE Federal Energy Management Program - FEMP

This Energy Exchange recorded session dives deeper into how three research teams are using multiple streams of data from a distributed sensor network to create an accurate picture of building performance and its resultant effects on health and productivity while reducing operating costs. It explains how advances in building sensors; heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment; and lighting technology can improve indoor air quality and worker productivity.


Chris Pyke, Ph.D., Research Officer, U.S. Green Building Council  

Chris works globally to use applied research and innovation partnerships to benefit people and the environment. Prior to joining USGBC, he was the chief strategy officer for Aclima, Inc., the chief operating officer for GRESB, B.V., and a physical scientist with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In his current role, he is a principal investigator for the Green Health Partnership, a 5-year research initiative supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Chris is on the faculty of the Urban Planning Program at Georgetown University and The George Washington University’s Sustainable Urban Planning Program. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a B.S. (Magna Cum Laude) from the College of William and Mary.

Dr. Forrest Meggers, Assistant Professor, Princeton University  

Jointly appointed as faulty in the School of Architecture and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment. He is also co-director the PhD track in computation and energy at Princeton and the undergraduate program in Architecture and Engineering. He leads a research team as director of his CHAOS Lab, a highly interdisciplinary research group developing new technologies, methods, and forms for building systems. Forrest received his doctorate from ETH Zurich, published numerous peer-reviewed science papers on applied research, and written architectural journal articles and book chapters rethinking technology in architecture.

Brian Gilligan, PE, SCPM, Professional Engineer, General Services Administration  

Brian Gilligan, PE, SCPM, is a professional engineer who has spent 18 years in facilities, construction, and energy management roles in the United States and overseas. At the U.S. General Services Administration, he leads research on the influence of buildings on occupant health, using public private partnerships, and implementation of the Federal Buildings Personnel Training Act across government. His work contributes to developing evidence-based recommendations for best-practices, guidance, and policy that help facilities personnel optimize building performance.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, attendees will understand how:

  • Traditional and new approaches to indoor environmental quality (IAQ) sensing differ from one another;
  • Sensor data can be used to identify social behaviors and space use patterns;
  • IAQ sensors can optimize building performance;
  • Different IAQ factors and healthy buildings impact productivity;
  • Different HVAC technologies impact occupant comfort; and
  • Alternate design and operational strategies can use distributed sensor networks to improve building operational efficiency.

*The session featured in this on–demand course was recorded on August 22, 2018, at the 2018 Energy Exchange held in Cleveland, Ohio (Track 9, Session 7).

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