2021 January Virtual Meeting

Ty Newell co-founder of Build Equinox

Smart Ventilation for Health and Covid-19 Mitigation

Smart ventilation systems efficiently automate indoor air quality management. We will discuss characteristics of smart ventilation, including impacts of air quality on health, cognition, work productivity, and energy. Doubling today’s standard ventilation levels significantly improves cognition and decreases sick days. Air filtration and UVGI (Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation) air sanitation impacts on disease transmission, including SARS-CoV-2 transmission will be also be presented. Finally, cost impacts of increased fresh air ventilation, air filtration and UVGI are discussed.

Speakers Bio:

Ty Newell is a co-owner and co-founder of Build Equinox, a company devoted to inventing technologies for healthy, comfortable and sustainable living. He retired from the University of Illinois in 2007 as an Assistant Dean in the College of Engineering, having advised 70 masters and doctoral graduate students, and is an emeritus professor of mechanical engineering. Ty’s degrees are in mechanical engineering (BS,’74, University of Michigan and MS/PhD, ’78/’80, University of Utah). He has lectured around the world on indoor air quality, comfort, solar energy, building energy efficiency, and resource conservation including keynote addresses at the Solar Energy Society of India’s 25th Silver Jubilee in Hyderabad and at the TTMD Conference (Turkish ASHRAE) in Istanbul, Turkey.

He has been a Fulbright Scholar at the Universidad Nacional de Salta in Argentina, an Ercotaf Scholar (European Union) at the EPFL in Lausanne Switzerland, a United Nations Workshop Leader in Beijing China, an Academic Leader at the Tec de Monterrey Institute in Queretaro Mexico, and an advisor to the USAID NZEB project Universidad Centroamericana (UCA), El Salvador. Ty lives in a 100% solar powered home in Urbana Illinois that features automated fresh air control (CERV), two Electric Vehicles (Ford Focus EV and Ford C-Max Energi, also 100% solar energy powered), and is the first home within an Illinois municipality to be permitted for rainwater harvesting use. Build Equinox is located in a 4500sqft Morton building in Urbana IL that is also 100% solar powered.

Cost: Free to ASHRAE members

Tuesday, January 19th, 2021
12:00 – 1:00 PM – Presentation

Virtual Meeting (Via Zoom)

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2020 December Virtual Meeting

It is our pleasure to announce that Dr. Marwa Zaatari, CSO at Blue Box Air, will be presenting the topic of “Air Cleaning (Particulate Filtration, Portable and In-Duct Air Cleaners, Coil Cleaning) and Airborne Infectious Diseases” for our December Virtual Meeting! 

Presentation Description:Air Cleaning (Particulate Filtration, Portable and In-Duct Air Cleaners, Coil Cleaning) and Airborne Infectious Diseases

This course provides an overview of air cleaning to minimize infectious diseases spread using ASHRAE COVID-19 filtration and disinfection framework. How to select particulate filters, air cleaners, and how to determine coil cleaning frequency and design considerations with respect to pressure drop, efficiency for different particulate size, by-pass, clean air delivery rate, and by-products will be reviewed. Different approaches using one or combination of control methods will be compared from energy and indoor air quality impact.

Speaker Bio: 

Dr. Marwa Zaatari is Chief Science Officer at Blue Box Air. She leads the research of “Air as a Service” around heat exchanger coils, filters, and IAQ measurements to design and operate buildings for optimal energy and people efficiency.

Dr. Zaatari has extensive experience in identifying and quantifying the sources, fate, and transport of indoor air pollutants, building energy and environmental management, assessing performance-based procedures of HVAC ventilation and air cleaning, and developing and applying models for energy efficiency, indoor air quality, exposure assessment, and economic impacts of indoor air pollution.

Prior to joining Blue Box Air, Dr. Zaatari was Vice President of Building Solutions at enVerid Systems since 2015. She lead design of ventilation and filtration/sorption systems in buildings, integration into HVAC systems, and was responsible for managing customer-site installation and ongoing operations and field service.

Dr. Zaatari earned a PhD in Architectural and Environmental Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin with a focus on the built environment and a master’s degree in engineering management from The American University of Beirut, Lebanon with a focus on energy management.

Dr. Zaatari is an ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer and a member of several ASHRAE Committees, voting member of Standard 62.1, Chair for TRG4 Indoor Air Quality Procedure, Vice Chair of MTG.HWBE Health and Wellness in the built environment, Vice Chair of TC2.3 gaseous removal contaminants, Voting Member Standard 145.2 laboratory test method for gas-phase air cleaning systems, IAQ2020 Conference organizer, LEED Committee member, and ex-Chair of LEED IAQP Working Group. 

Cost: Free to ASHRAE members

Tuesday, December 15th, 2020
12:00 – 1:00 PM – Presentation

Virtual Meeting (Via Zoom)

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2020 November Virtual Meeting

Terry E. Townsend, P.E., Fellow ASHRAE

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It is our pleasure to announce that Terry E. Townsend, P.E. will be presenting the topic of “Advanced Energy Conservation and IEQ Design Guidance and Applications” for our November Virtual Meeting!

Speaker Bio:

Terry E. Townsend, P.E., Fellow ASHRAE, is president of Townsend Engineering Inc., Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Panama City, Florida. In 2006-07, he served as president of ASHRAE, where he focused the Society’s efforts on The ASHRAE Promise: A Sustainable Future, highlighting ASHRAE’s work in sustainability in the building environment. His achievements as president include launching ASHRAE’s first ever certification program, accelerating and expanding the Advanced Energy Design Guide series, setting more stringent savings for ASHRAE’s energy standard, and proving resources on how ASHRAE can minimize the impact of its meetings on the environment. 

Presentation Description:  

Energy efficient buildings that do not provide proper IAQ and comfort for its occupants are really failures. This presentation goes through guidance in the AEDG series coupled with advanced guidance from Standards 90.1, 62.1 and 55 in order to provide the design team with tactics that must be integrated into sustainable buildings as we march forward to Net-Zero Energy facilities. The presentation will provide specific guidance for building types and climatic regions that attendees will be familiar with.


Free to ASHRAE members

* All participating ASHRAE members will be entered into a drawing for a $25 Amazon gift card, so make sure to mark your calendars

Tuesday, November 17th, 2020
12:00 – 1:00 PM – Presentation

October Program

This month we are getting an update from our the state wide ASHRAE government affairs committee. They will be touching on the work they have been doing over the last year specifically in terms of COVID-19 and energy efficiency outreach to government officials here in Wisconsin.

Cost: Free for ASHRAE members


Tuesday October 13th , 2019

12pm – 1pm – Presentation 

Virtual Zoom Meeting

There will be a required password for the meeting that will be sent out via constant contact the day of the meeting. Please register below.


Upcoming Wisconsin Green Building Events

The ASHRAE Wisconsin sustainability committee is excited to share some upcoming Wisconsin green building and sustainability events with the chapter. Many of these events provide CEUs for LEED APs.

Road to Transformation : Equity – Sept 1st


The Next Evolution of LEED v4.1 Technical Workshop – Sept 8th


USGBC Wisconsin Town Hall – Sept 9th


LEED and Existing Buildings: Understanding certification, performance and LEED v4.1 Operations and Maintenance – Sept 9th


Road to Transformation : Resilience Sept 15th


Transformation 2020 : Oct 14th


For more information about USGBC’s upcoming local, regional and national virtual events, please visit https://www.usgbc.org/events

These events are not affiliated with ASHRAE Wisconsin.