Friday, May 4, 2012  7:30 AM – Noon

USGBC-NJ Residential Green Building Committee: Building Science Workshop II: Residential Indoor Air Quality

WHERE:      The Moses Family Meeting and Training Center

Bergen Community College

400 Paramus Road

Paramus, NJ

SEMINAR COST:   $25.00 per person for USGBC member

$35.00 per person for non-USGBC attendees

AUDIENCE:          Residential Construction Professionals, Consultants and Engineers, Contractors and Subcontractors, LEED AP’s, Architects and Design Professionals

WHY: Earn up to 3 AIA and GBCI continuing education credits, pending approval


OBJECTIVE: This workshop is structured for residential design and construction professionals involved in identifying key green decisions throughout the design and construction process for new homes, additions, and remodels.  A team of industry experts will guide you through the “whole building” design process, explain the issues and science of residential indoor air quality issues from what causes indoor air problems, identifying sources of pollutants, addressing specific controls for pollutants, and improving the air quality in your home.


7:30 – 8:00 am       Registration, Breakfast and Check-in

8:00 – 9:00 am       INDOOR AIR QUALITY AND POLLUTION SOURCES: Pollution sources that release gases or particles into the air are the primary cause of indoor air quality problems in homes. How do we identify air quality problems and measure pollutants? What are the major indoor air pollutants? How do we inspect, remediate and implement measures to avoid future problems.

9:30 – 10:30 am     TIGHT CONSTRUCTION AND VENTILATION: With the current thinking being “build tight, ventilate right”, what are the standards and codes applicable in NJ?  What are the best practices for ventilation and filtration for a whole house system? What are the methods for dealing with renovations/addition where parts of the house will be tighter than others?

11:00 – 12:00 pm   CONSTRUCTION AND FINISH MATERIALS: What are the toxins that are present in common building materials and interior finishes and what alternates are available? What are product standards for green building that should be consulted in selecting materials and finishes? What client education needs to be addressed regarding cleaning products, pesticides and other household maintenance issues?