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The 2015 Keynote Presentation:


Creating Healthy Buildings for (and in) a Changing Climate:
Opportunities for Advancing Indoor Air Quality and Energy Goals

Bob Axelrad, Senior Policy Advisor and Indoor airPLUS Program Manager

Indoor Environments Division, US Environmental Protection Agency - Washington, D.C.

Keynote Summary:

Over a span crossing four decades, Bob has seen the IAQ issue evolve on many fronts while remaining a largely un-mandated and under-funded area of environmental health. Bob will share his perspective on the successes, challenges, trends, and the most promising and practical near- and mid-term opportunities to advance IAQ in the context of energy efficiency, climate change, and sustainability.  His presentation will touch on:

  • What’s worked and what we’ve learned
  • Why indoor air quality is still having to fight its way into building design, construction, retrofit and O&M projects
  • Some of the most important things to make progress on in the next 5 years
  • Promising models and paths for advancing -- and funding-- IAQ and energy  (in New England and across the country)

About Bob Axelrad

     Bob Axelrad has been in and around the indoor air quality field since its early years in the mid-80’s and has been witness too, if not part of, many IAQ milestones.  As the first director of EPA's Indoor Air Division from 1988-1995, Bob was responsible for the development of much of EPA's original policy and guidance on indoor air quality, including the 1991 Building Air Quality guide for building owners and managers and the Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools guidance. Bob also served as the point person for EPA's work on secondhand tobacco smoke, which led to publication in 1992 of EPA’s landmark risk assessment classifying secondhand smoke as a known human carcinogen.
     In the late 90’s, Bob served as co-chair of the Asthma Workgroup of the President’s Task Force on Environmental Health Risks and Safety Risks to Children and co-authored the Task Force’s interagency Asthma and the Environment, A Strategy to Protect Children. This strategy led directly to the budget initiative that has allowed EPA to fund its indoor asthma trigger work for more than a decade.
     From 2003 to 2009, Bob lead an EPA-wide effort to integrate EPA’s programs for K-12 schools, including chairing the EPA-wide workgroup that developed voluntary guidelines for the siting of new school facilities, issued in 2011.
     Currently, Bob is leading EPA’s Indoor airPLUS labeling program for new homes, working in close collaboration with the ENERGY STAR Certified Homes program, among other partners.   


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