• Thursday, Nov. 2nd
    Researcher Day
    8:00 - 8:30
    Joe Hughes
    Radio Joe will be starting things off, running the center ring and wrapping things up. This is going to be our biggest and best event to date. Still small enough to be an intimate, personalized learning experience but big enough to draw the top dogs from around the country. The highlight of our year!
    8:30 - 10:00
    Mark Hernandez, Ph.D.
    Dr. Hernandez has been a workhorse bringing “Research to Practice” through his work at the University of Colorado. He led the Microbiology of the Built Environment program that was funded by Sloan and EPA. The data collected for that project will be changing how we look at indoor environments for years to come. Much of the work behind the optical recognition capabilities of the InstaScope by DetectionTek was done at Dr. Hernandez’s lab. His Keynote Presentation looks at the various research projects and new technologies he sees changing how we do our work. We are thrilled to have one of the leading researchers in the world to help us set the table and look toward what is coming down the road as we “Navigate Changing Industries”.
    10:15 - 11:00
    Carl Grimes
    Carl Grimes is the most informed “Research to Practice” professional I know. He is smart, has met and talked to everyone and most important he has been there and done that. Carl goes to every major program, conference and event related to IAQ and healthy buildings worldwide. He has an amazing ability to grasp complex issues and explain them in plain English. At times you will find yourself catching up but the journey to the destination is always a joy with Carl. We have asked Carl to report back to attendees about the latest “Research to Practice” information from around the world and to update us on his latest adventure the Hayward Score. Carl will tell us what people on the cutting edge worldwide are doing and talking about.
    11:00 - 11:30
    Luke Gard
    We just have to keep bringing this gentleman back for our attendees. Nobody is more on the leading edge of “Research to Practice” when it comes to working with the medical community, children and indoor environments. Luke has been helping to change lives for the better for many years and will update us on the school work they are doing at Children’s Mercy Hospital KC and give us a quick update on what the rest of the program is doing. Nobody is more on top of these vital topics than our good friend and colleague Luke Gard; they are doing the work of the future today!
    11:30 - 12:00
    Mike McGuinness
    Mike will be premiering a new presentation he has been working on called, “Risk Communication and Conflict Resolution- Resolving IEQ Emergencies”. This subject can be one of the toughest assignments for IEP's and restoration pros. We have been assured by Mike that "like all my sessions, it kicks ass". Mike is New Jersey strong and we have a nice contingent of NJ attendees coming as well.
    12:00 - 1:30
    Lunch & Exhibits
    1:30 - 2:30
    May Dooley & Sal La Duca & Martine Davis
    The Baubiology Team is going to talk to us about a few issues we do not talk enough about. We have asked May and Sal to talk about and demonstrate how they handle Electromagnetic Frequencies (EMF’s) related IEQ issues. This is a topic that does not always get much attention but continues increase as we become more interconnected. We keep adding EMF’s to the indoor environment yet we do not know much about how they affect the health of occupants. What we do know is how to minimize the potential for health effects and that is what May and Sal will show and tell us! Martine will be adding to the Baubioligists presentations with some interesting thoughts on issues with Heat Recovery Ventilation (HRV) and Energy Recovery Ventilation (ERV) equipment. She has been finding various IEQ related issues with this equipment and will share her findings with us. Martine will be adding to the Baubioligists presentations with some interesting thoughts on issues with Heat Recovery Ventilation (HRV) and Energy Recovery Ventilation (ERV) equipment. She has been finding various IEQ related issues with this equipment and will share some thoughts with us.
    2:30 - 3:00
    Michael Bowdoin
    Mike is at ground zero of the Texas hurricane aftermath. He is also an attorney that specializes in working with restoration contractors and IAQ professionals. We asked him to say a few words about the state of the industry from the legal perspective. Mike has vast experience with industry standards and is a Vice President of the Indoor Air Quality Association whatever he decides to tell us will be something we should all pay attention to.
    3:15 - 3:45
    Cole Stanton
    As the Chairman of the IAQA Government Affairs Committee Cole has to keep an eye on any Federal, State and Local regulations that may affect members. IAQA members include pros from the building science, restoration/remediation, IAQ, home performance and building owners/managers arenas’. Cole will give us an update on regulations that affect the work we do. Cole is also a member of several important industry standard committees and hopefully will have time to update us on their activities.
    3:45 - 4:15
    Nate Adams
    Nate will be discussing his findings about Humidity, VOCs, IAQ., and Healthy Homes. What he has learned with 30+ Foobot monitors in the field, and why we need to pay more attention to humidification even in cold climates.
    4:15 - 4:45
    Joe Medosch
    IAQ to Healthy Homes, are you ready? What's the difference? Joe will provide an update and overview on the state of healthy home assessments. What are the new opportunities for IAQ professionals and what other professionals are getting into the game.
    Research Round Table
    Round table discussion of current research of interest to practitioners.
  • Friday, Nov. 3rd
    Practitioner Day
    7:30 - 8:00
    Exhibits Open
    8:00 - 9:15
    Tom Yacobellis
    Tom is going to show us how to take an idea from conception all the way to being built into an industry standard for what is basically a new industry. Most have probably never thought much about dryer vent cleaning but it crosses all the disciplines we will be discussing at the HBS 2017. Dryer and their associated vents affect building science, IAQ and restoration (think fires). Tom will also be talking about a high profile Aspergillus project and how to deal with high profile projects.
    9:15 - 10:00
    Ralph E. Moon, Ph.D.
    Dr. Moon is leading the way in pioneering Research to Practice for those involved in restoration and insurance coverage issues. This presentation will get down to what is fundamental and practical with a dedicated scientist that takes common industry problems and researches how to solve them. How can something as simple as tapping on floor tile be considered science? If you want to know who is doing important research that affects the cleaning and restoration industry Ralph Moon is your go to guy. We have asked Dr. Moon to go over his most recent work and flashback to take a quick look at some of his pioneering work on determining the duration of loss.
    10:15 - 11:00
    Felicia Cianciarulo Ph.D.
    Sewage-related Microorganisms: Risks, Precautions and Confirmation -Dr. Cianciarulo will be taking us through the ins and outs of sewage and sewage related issues. There are a lot of misconceptions about sewage and how it should be treated in indoor environments. Dr. Cianciarulo has been dealing with this issue and teaching remediation specialists about sewage for over 15 years. You may be surprised about what you thought you knew.
    11:00 - 11:30
    Linda Wigington
    For 2 years, ROCIS ( has engaged over 150 professionals and homeowners in monitoring their homes (and a few workplaces) in southwestern PA. Emphasis has been on monitoring particles (0.5+ microns) inside and outside to better understand the impact of outdoor air pollution on IAQ. While typical participation was for a 3-week period, 25+ sites have tested interventions and monitored for longer periods. Explore what we have learned in an effort to understand the 10 to 1 difference in median particle counts from one site to another.
    11:30 - 12:00
    Bill Spohn
    Measurements in the age of Smart Phones and big data. There are many new measurement devices available at increasing lower price points. Many devices share or connect to the cloud making data sharing fast and easy. We will briefly discuss the challenges of quality of measurement vs. how are some of these devices can be used for good work.
    12:00 - 1:00
    1:00 - 1:30
    John Downey
    John Downey is one of the good guys! We have tremendous respect for what he has done in his career and most recently his work as Editor and Publisher of the Institute for Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) IICRC Journal of Cleaning Restoration and Inspection aka "The Journal". John knows firsthand how difficult it is to get researchers and practitioners to work together and publish papers that are useful in the field. He is very familiar with the types and amount of existing research in the cleaning and restoration world and has been instrumental in helping to push the industry to support more peer reviewed papers and articles. The Journal also included quite a few articles and papers on IAQ and indoor environments leading John to have a much deeper understanding of those topics. We have asked John to talk about his experience trying to get the cleaning and restoration world to put together a top notch technical journal and what it will take to continue his work.
    1:30 - 2:15
    Cliff Zlotnik
    The Z-man has been doing his own “research to practice” for his entire career and continues to do so to this day. One of his current projects is looking at the contamination of air movers commonly used on water damage restoration projects. An important question he is trying to answer is how much contamination do they bring from one job to another and what is the best way to clean them between jobs?
    2:15 - 3:00
    Pete Consigli
    The Restoration Industry’s Global Watchdog is on the prowl for Research to Practice that has been done but maybe overlooked or forgotten about. Nobody understands the history of the disaster restoration industry like Pete. We have asked him and the Z-man to scour their memories and bring us some of the good stuff from the days of old. Remember “he who ignores history is doomed to repeat the mistakes of the past”.
    3:15 - 3:45
    Todd Usher
    We have asked Todd Usher to walk us through how he builds a Net Zero Energy Ready Home and still makes a good living as a builder. Todd has found the sweet spot between energy efficiency and cost competitive new construction. He will tell us a bit about how he does it!
    3:45 - 4:15
    Herb Layman
    Legionella inspection and sampling is a growing segment of the IAQ world particularly in areas that are beginning to regulate how building owners deal with the issue. Herb will go over how New York is regulating the issue and discuss if their program may be a model for others.
    4:15 - 4:45
    Tom Grillo
    Tom Grillo and the Particles Plus team are a Marquis Sponsor for HBS 2017. More importantly they are vital partners in our own research conducted at the event. Last year our particle monitoring went so well we asked Tom to come back and do it again. Our hope is that by the time his presentation comes up we will have some preliminary data about this year’s research. We have also asked Tom to talk a little about clean room sampling and control of particulates.
    Practitioners Round Table
    Round table discussion of current practices of interest to researchers.
  • Saturday, Nov. 4th
    Industry Update
    Representatives from industry organizations(IAQA, RIA, IICRC, IEQPros) will discuss the state of the industry. Including standards, guidelines, research projects and more.
    Event Research
    Preliminary results from this year’s research will be discussed.
    Industry Town Hall
    Discussion on where we go from here. We will have had two strong days of presentations and discussions, plus the state of the industry discussion with industry association reps, what do we do from here to help keep moving the industry in the correct direction. How do we help consumers deal with the scam artists and misrepresented science that make our industries look bad?
    IEQ Pros formerly TRSCA Annual Meeting