Healthy Air Episode #22

Episode #22

A More Prepared Future | Dr. Nick Clements

In this episode, Dr. Nick Clements talks about how buildings need multiple modes of operation. He also shares that it is interesting to learn how humans integrate with technical systems, because we constantly interact and impact many aspects of our indoor environments.

Dr. Nick Clements earned his BS, MS, and PhD in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder while working with engineers and scientists throughout the air quality community. After completing a Postdoctoral at CU Boulder researching surge control for pandemic flu and indoor air quality, Dr. Nick relocated to Rochester, Minnesota to work at the Well Living Lab as a Senior Director. With the Well Living Lab, he helped manage sensor and building systems, perform data analysis on large sets of environmental data, plan and propose research experiments and strategy, and coordinate research investigations. At the start of this year, he returned to CU Boulder. Dr. Nick’s research interests include indoor and outdoor air quality, dust emissions, hospital infection control and contamination transport, bioaerosols in the microbiome, applied statistics, and air quality data visualization.

Keeping air safe has never been more important. Now that we are in the next normal, it is critical that the air we breathe in shared indoor spaces is healthy and safe for continued occupancy. Are we ready to face this challenge and mitigate airborne exposure risk indoors? Welcome to Healthy Air, a podcast that talks about the future of buildings and how to keep air safe and healthy. Keep up with the latest industry trends, latest technologies, and regulatory changes with your host, Erik Malmstrom, industry experts, and the SafeTraces team here on Healthy Air.

SHOW NOTES:

  • An overview of Dr. Nick’s background [1:38]
  • Research for a negative pressure ward [7:32]
  • Working at the Well Living Lab [14:32]
  • Human behavior impact [19:21]
  • Understanding of airborne transmission in a pandemic [22:44]
  • Inconsistent guidelines [27:07]
  • Buildings need multiple modes of operation [31:26]
  • Future of the air quality field [42:08]

RESOURCES:

QUOTES:

Pandemic preparedness plans exist, however few have been tested.”

“We experience and have an impact on many aspects of the indoor environment.”

“Humans interact and impact their environments all the time.”

“The physics of transmission needs to be brought to current understanding. This transmission route is significant and important and should be protected against in all scenarios.”

There’s momentum toward a holistic view of how physical processes of viruses work.

Different guidelines on protective equipment in healthcare facilities are set.

“We’re building systems that can be resilient to climate change and other scenarios where buildings do need to be kind of operated in a range of conditions.”

“I see that value of engaging with economists, behavioral researchers, sociologists to demonstrate the value of improving air quality to the public, as a critical next step.”

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