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Dr. Marwa Zaatari

Board of Directors at US Green Building Council, USA

Dr. Marwa Zaatari is Chief Science Officer at D ZINE Partners and co-Chair of enVerid Systems Advisory Board. She leads the research and development of “Air as a Service” around heat exchanger coils, ventilation, filtration, and IAQ measurements. Her work continues to advance building science methods in assessing performance-based procedures to design and operate buildings to optimize energy and people efficiency. Dr. Zaatari is an ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer and a Voting Member of several ASHRAE Committees, such as ASHRAE Standard 241, 185.5, EHC, TC 2.3 (Chair), etc. She is also a Member of Board of Directors at USGBC and a Member of USGBC Green Schools, School Air Quality Leaders Network: Technical Advisory Committee. 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.

Dec 6, 2023, 10:20AM–10:30AM EST

Role of Filtration Strategies in Achieving Decarbonization Goals

When we talk about Indoor air quality today, there are two recurring topics energy efficiency and decarbonization. Since IAQ often requires expending more energy, there’s a common misconception that decarbonization and IAQ are in direct conflict. This misconception halted the improvement of IAQ throughout the last decade. What we have learned through the pandemic and the wildfire events is that we must simultaneously strive to improve indoor air quality (IAQ), in an energy efficient way to decarbonizing buildings, and increasing resilience to outdoor pollutants. Newly proposed model state indoor air quality act and published ASHRAE Standards provide a lot of flexibility to embrace approaches that improve IAQ but are not energy intensive, chief among these strategy is filtration. This presentation will discuss the critical role of filtration in achieving both IAQ and decarbonization goals.

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