Healthy Air Episode #9

Episode #9
Verifying healthy buildings | Sean McCrady

In this episode, Sean McCrady talks about the history and future of healthy buildings, including a new Verified Healthy Building Mark.

Sean is the Director of Assets and Sustainability, Real Estate & Properties at UL. Sean is a certified environmental infection control consultant, certified microbial consultant, certified indoor environmental consultant, and a LEED and WELL accredited professional, and also a Fitwel Ambassador. He is a graduate of Virginia Tech with a BS in environmental science. 

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 Sean’s background [1:14]
  • What led Sean to healthy buildings and has kept him there so long [2:59]
  • An overview of the various roles that Sean has held in the industry [4:53]
  • What stands out to Sean about the industry today [6:55]
  • A challenge Sean faced in his career and an important insight he learned [9:49]
  • The most interesting part of the industry to Sean [12:20]
  • The risks posed by buildings today [13:47]
  • Why buildings are so mismanaged [17:51]
  • How Sean organizes his own business [20:11]
  • How the pandemic has impacted Sean’s business [21:32]
  • The healthy building verification mark [23:17]
  • The tension between health and safety in buildings and sustainability [32:55]
  • What tech Sean is paying attention to [35:05]
  • The changes Sean foresees over the next ten years [38:49]
  • Resources Sean recommends [40:52]

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QUOTES:

“When you’re part of the science community and you’re part of something that’s always evolving, it keeps your work fresh and interesting.”

“The things that are tried and true are still tried and true when it comes to what we do to manage indoor air quality and indoor environmental quality.”

“It’s not exciting, but fundamentals like looking at the ventilation, filtration, and hygiene remain arguably the most impactful things we can do to improve our indoor air quality.”

“Oftentimes the best tools in your toolkit are your nose and brain. We can smell things at parts per trillion and nuisance odors can be well below regulatory health and safety limits.”

“It’s not just about people not getting enough air. It’s about optimizing the built environment so you have happier, higher functioning people with a better sense of well-being.”

“Rather than figure out why buildings weren’t managed as well as they could have been in the past, I’m hoping we can look toward the future and change the way we operate.”

“The impact to our clients and customers will become more apparent when more people begin coming back to their workplaces.”

“Understand what is important if you own or manage an asset or are responsible for corporate facilities. The right verification program is about fit and what makes the most sense.”

“Post-COVID, I think we’ll see many innovative ideas in new buildings, more inclusion of natural ventilation where we can and a refocus on how to best manage our existing buildings.”

“The people in charge of buildings, hopefully, are taking it upon themselves to learn more and learn what they need to do to protect these assets once the workforce returns.”

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