Winter Is Coming: HVAC Strategies during COVID-19 Video, 61 minutes

Are you getting questions, advice, and dubious sales pitches from all comers about how to design and run an HVAC system to combat infectious disease? You’re not alone. Engineers, facility managers, architects, and other building professionals are all feeling immense pressure about COVID-19 right now—especially since the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention finally joined in the scientific consensus about aerosol-based transmission. Ready to relieve some of that pressure? Our panel of engineering wizards can help.

They present the latest research on:

  • airborne transmission
  • winter temperature and humidity conditions
  • good filtration
  • adequate dilution ventilation

Then, tune into lessons learned so far—the good, the bad, and the ugly--which one of those describes ionization equipment? Don't miss this essential advice for building owners on the winter that is coming.


As a Principal at BranchPattern, Pete leads a multidisciplinary team of architects, engineers, and social scientists. He brings a whole-building perspective to his projects, guiding clients through a process that yields healthy and high-performing environments. His approach views buildings as an integrated system, where climate, architecture, systems, and operations must work in harmony. In two decades of practice, his work has included numerous of LEED, WELL, Net-Zero, and Living Building projects. Pete advocates for healthy buildings as a WELL Faculty member and through his consulting work, which includes a significant portfolio of projects pursuing WELL certification in the commercial, industrial, and educational sectors.

Luke is a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Fellow; He is also a Centennial Fellow from The Pennsylvania State University Architectural Engineering Department; ASHRAE Pandemic Task Force Commercial Team Leader; Vice Chair of ASHRAE “Environmental Health Committee”; ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer; Former Chair of ASHRAE TC 9.12 on Tall Buildings; BOMA Toronto Health Committee Co-Chair; Expert Peer Review Committee for Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat; Former Board of Directors for USGBC, Illinois; Industry Advisory Board for IN2 start-up incubator program with US National Renewable Energy Laboratory; Board of Directors for USGBC, Illinois.

Luke Leung is a Director of the Sustainability Engineering Studio for Skidmore, Owings and Merrill LLP.  His work includes Burj Khalifa, the world’s current tallest man-made structure; Multiple times “Excellence in Engineering” award from the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE);  2 awards from National Institute of Building Sciences, among others.  Selected projects also include Pertamina Tower (Net Zero Supertall), General Motors Global Headquarters, Roche Diagnostic in Indianapolis, Beijing Finance Street, Embassy of Ottawa in Canada, Embassy in Beijing, Lakeside – 55 million sqft low energy development, a LEED Platinum building with the first large scale horizontal wind turbine in the city of Chicago;  etc., and has served as a member of the editorial team for the CTBUH guide Natural Ventilation in High-Rise Office Buildings, ASHRAE “Design Guide for Tall, Supertall, Megatall Building Systems”, among other publications.

Kim Shinn is a recovering physicist and professional mechanical engineer. He is an ASHRAE certified Building Energy Modeling Professional, a LEED Accredited Professional (BD+C specialty) and was elevated to LEED Fellow in 2011. Kim helped author the Green Guide for Health Care (GGHC) and LEED for Healthcare, as well as ASHRAE Standards 135 “BACnet” and 209 “Energy Simulation Aided Design”; and the updated AIA "Architect's Guide to Building Performance - Integrating simulation into the design process". Kim currently serves on Healthcare Design magazine’s editorial advisory board, as a member of ASHRAE Standard Project Committee 228P - "Standard Method of Evaluating Zero Energy Building Performance", as the green building engineer on the Technical Advisory Committee of the State of Tennessee’s Energy Efficient Schools Initiative, and as the co-facilitator of the Nashville Living Future Collaborative.

Kim is a 1978 cum laude graduate of Texas Tech University with a BS degree in engineering physics and MS in mechanical engineering. When not simulating building performance, delivering presentations, or advising architects in how to stave off climate change, Kim likes to roam o'er hills and dales on his bicycle.

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