Healthy Design in a Post-COVID World: Clean Air & Wellness From the Top Down

Innovative ceiling systems can enhance the effectiveness of HVAC systems and contribute to healthy indoor air quality
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Live webinar airing on December 17, 2020 at 1:00 PM EST
Sponsored by Armstrong Ceiling and Wall Solutions
Presented by Alexandra Waltemyer

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explain new approaches to managing and improving indoor quality through a variety of building materials and systems, including ceilings.
  2. Describe evolving standards and initiatives for sustainable building materials, air ventilation systems and cleaning practices for the design and maintenance of healthy buildings.
  3. Explain how ceiling systems can contribute to improved air quality and occupant well-being.
  4. Illustrate how high-performing acoustical ceilings can positively impact building operations and maintenance to enhance human health and wellness.
  5. List the sustainability attributes of ceiling systems which contribute to acoustical performance and healthy indoor air.

Credits:

HSW
1 AIA LU/HSW
IACET
0.1 IACET CEU*
AIBD
1 AIBD P-CE
AAA
AAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
AANB
AANB 1 Hour of Core Learning
AAPEI
AAPEI 1 Structured Learning Hour
MAA
MAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
NLAA
NLAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
NSAA
NSAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
NWTAA
NWTAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
OAA
OAA 1 Learning Hour
SAA
SAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
 
This course can be self-reported to the AIBC, as per their CE Guidelines.
This course is approved as a Structured Course
Approved for structured learning
Approved for Core Learning
This course is approved as a Core Course
Course may qualify for Learning Hours with NWTAA
Course eligible for OAA Learning Hours
This course is approved as a core course
This course can be self-reported for Learning Units to the Architectural Institute of British Columbia

The COVID-19 pandemic is redefining standards for health and safety protocols in all aspects of life, including indoor spaces. As employers, educators and building owners seek to reopen their facilities, they are looking for ways to meet the heightened expectations of their workers and occupants. Guiding these decisions are recommendations from industry organizations such as the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), which offers guidance on how changes to building operations, particularly HVAC systems, can reduce airborne exposures. Recent innovations in ceiling systems can contribute to these efforts. For example, one new option on the market reduces air leakage through the ceiling plane by up to four times. Reducing air leaks can significantly increase the effectiveness of air ventilation and filtration systems, particularly where ventilation systems may have limited capacity to increase airflow or add fresh air.

This course will introduce the reader to such innovative solutions, beginning with an exploration of how the COVID-19 pandemic has changed approaches to managing and improving air quality through various materials and systems. It will include a discussion of evolving standards and initiatives for sustainable building materials, air ventilation systems and cleaning practices that contribute to the design, operation, and maintenance of healthy buildings. The course will discuss how ceiling systems can contribute to improved indoor air quality and occupant health and well-being, both by promoting good indoor air quality and helping create acoustic environments that support productivity, learning, and healing. The course will introduce the reader to innovative new ceiling products and technologies, including an air purification system that uses ultraviolet light to neutralize disease pathogens.

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Alexandra Waltemyer manages the Healthy Space Solutions program at Armstrong World Industries. She leads research and development of innovative product solutions that create healthier spaces to improve indoor air quality in schools, offices and healthcare environments. Her background is in engineering and agile project management, research and development, testing and operations in a number of industries.

 

Armstrong Ceiling and Wall Solutions Armstrong World Industries is a leader in the design and manufacture of innovative commercial ceiling and wall systems. At home, at work, in health-care facilities, classrooms, stores, and restaurants, Armstrong Ceiling & Wall Solutions offer interior options that help create healthy, sustainable spaces that protect people and cultivate well-being and comfort so they can be at their best.

Armstrong is committed to developing new and sustainable ceiling solutions, with design and performance possibilities that empower its customers to create beautiful, high-performance residential and commercial buildings. Armstrong continues to grow and prosper for the benefit of all its stakeholders. armstrongceilings.com/commercial

 

Originally published in December 2020

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