September Chapter Meeting: HVAC Considerations in a COVID-19 Environment

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Join us for the first ASHRAE meeting of the 2020-2021 season. This year, all of our meetings will be via online webinar, with no in-person gatherings. After registering for this meeting, a calendar invite for the webinar will be sent to your email address.

Many HVAC-related factors could be significant with respect to the spread of COVID-19. This presentation will focus on what is known and what is still unknown relative to the SARS-CoV-2 virus transmission.  ASHRAE has issued general guidance for HVAC operation during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Increased outdoor air ventilation, advanced filtration, humidification and building readiness plans are being included in measures intended to reduce its spread.  Mr. Peterson will present what has been learned from epidemiological studies to help mitigate the transmission of the virus via HVAC systems.

Speaker: Kent Peterson, PE, ASHRAE Fellow

Kent Peterson is Vice President and COO at P2S Inc. with over 35 years of experience working in the building and infrastructure industries.  He provides leadership, inspiration and technical direction for the firm’s engineering practices.  Kent is recognized internationally as an energy efficiency and sustainability expert. Mr. Peterson is a past ASHRAE Society President and past Chair of SSPC 189.1.  He was appointed by Congress in 2011 to the Office of Federal High-Performance Green Buildings Advisory Committee for federal agencies as a representative of the engineering profession and has been re-appointed though 2022.


Mr. Peterson is an ASHRAE Distinguished Fellow and frequent author of articles and papers and has made presentations to governments and professionals throughout the world on improving building sustainability and energy efficiency.  He is also dedicated to giving back to his faith, local and professional communities and has served as President, Chairman or member on numerous non-profit boards and committees.  He is the recipient of the ASHRAE F. Paul Anderson Award for notable achievement of outstanding services performed in the HVAC&R field and the ASHRAE Louise & Bill Holladay Distinguished Fellow Award.