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Sustainable & Healthy Buildings – can we have our cake and eat it too?

September 16, 2020
4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
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September 2020 - Sustainable & Healthy Buildings

Can we have our cake and eat it too?

September 16, 2020 - 4:30PM - Virtual Zoom Meeting

September's meeting focuses on the realities of operating facilities in the midst of the pandemic. Join us to learn about the different techniques that are being deployed to keep building occupants safe while maintaining energy efficiency standards. These include ultraviolet irradiance, dosage engineering techniques in lamp systems, and UVGI related energy savings.



Tickets to attend this meeting will be $20* per attendee. All who register will be emailed details for attending the Zoom meeting ahead of time. 

*All who are unemployed, under-employed, or students are eligible for free/reduced admission. Please email us at [email protected] for details.


Meeting Agenda

  • 4:30PM - Open Zoom
  • 5:00PM - Announcements
  • 5:10PM - Presentations and Q&A
  • 6:20PM - Breakout Sessions


Dean Seputa (30-minutes) will present an overview and history of Germicidal UV-C technology and its ability to inactivate all known microorganisms including viruses, mold, bacteria—even drug-resistant superbugs, while reducing HVAC energy use by up to 25%. We will explore the three primary applications of UV-C for air and HVAC surface protection:


1) HVAC coil/surface irradiation to boost coil-heat-transfer efficiency,

2) HVAC airstream disinfection to kill airborne pathogens and

3) Upper-Room/Air treatment for infectious diseases.


Presentation will also examine the operating conditions that increase or decrease the required minimum UV-C energy in a specific application such as UV-C fixture placement, air temperature, air velocity and AHU material reflectivity. Case studies will be presented along with the simple methods used to validate increased HVAC and IAQ performance. Additionally, current application standards and guidelines within ASHRAE, IUVA, IES, UL and ISO will be discussed.


Steve Di Giacomo (20-minutes) will present contaminant/virus survivor time-curves for 100% OA, HEPA, UVGI and MERV-13 systems, how to determine UVGI dose for a specified “On the Fly” 1st Pass target inactivation rate of at least 95%, and how to size an actual UVGI lamp system to deliver the desired dose. Steve will present results of recent studies, and UVGI system costs and benefits. 


Dr. Steven Driver (15-minutes) will discuss a Sanofi UVGI pilot project intended for both employee safety and energy savings. Steve will review the importance of UVGI along with the associated lifecycle payback on investment and potential rebates from the utility. Steve will also discuss the importance of fault diagnostics to maintain optimal system performance throughout the pandemic.


Speaker Bios

Dean Saputa is the past Chair of ASHRAE’s Technical Committee TC-2-9 (Ultraviolet Air and Surface Treatment); Chair of SPC-185 (Method of Testing Ultraviolet Lamps), and Founder of GPC-37 (Guidelines for the Application of Upper-Air Ultraviolet Germicidal Devices to Control the Transmission of Airborne Pathogens). He is the contributing author of the 2019 ASHRAE application Handbook Chapter 62; (Ultraviolet Air and Surface Treatment), as well as ASHRAE’s position document: Filtration and Air Cleaning.

The founders of UV Resources pioneered the application of Ultraviolet Germicidal (UV-C) energy in HVAC/R equipment nearly 25 years ago. Today, UV Resources operates a comprehensive manufacturing and distribution network to supply market-leading UV-C solutions for building engineers, facility managers, HVAC/R contractors and OEM equipment manufacturers around the world. The company helped establish ultraviolet air and surface treatment as a mainstream technology through contributions that ranged from its thought leadership to its development of UV-C sizing and efficacy software to helping establish industry best-practices in instructional ASHRAE Handbooks and educational articles.


Steve Di Giacomo, PE, CEM, BCxP has recently completed UVGI Dosage-engineering studies in over 2 million square feet of Class A high-rise Boston financial district offices and is assisting many New England towns re-open their public buildings and schools using CO2 monitoring, UVGI lamp technology and increased air filtration.  He has over thirty years of Energy Engineering HVAC auditing, analysis, design, commissioning and facility operations experience with industrial, research, hospital, chemical, pharmaceutical and commercial facilities at both the site and corporate levels.  Steve has authored a number of articles on CO2 based demand-controlled ventilation (DCV) in both Engineered Systems Magazine and the Journal of Energy Engineering.  Mr Di Giacomo was designated by ENERGY STAR as "Most Active Licensed Professional", certifying over 100 buildings each year for ENERGY STAR Awards. Steve is the recipient the 2018 Association of Energy Engineers’ “Professional Development” (Trainor) Award for Region 1.


Steven Driver, CEM, CEA, Ph.D. has over 30 years of experience in engineering, project management, mechanical system design, commissioning, and energy auditing.  Steve is an alumnus of Northcentral University where he earned his Ph.D. in Engineering and Technology (2010) with a concentration in building commissioning. Steve is also an alumnus of Norwich University (2004) where he earned his MBA specializing in Engineering Administration. Steve is a board certified energy manager (CEM) and auditor (CEA).  At this time, Steve has acquired three copyrights, two publications, and a U.S. patent associated with sustainable building commissioning technology. Having completed numerous energy audits Internationally, Steve continues his mission to reduce industry emissions and cost through the promotion of innovative technologies.


$20.00 *ALL WHO ARE UNEMPLOYED, UNDER-EMPLOYED, OR STUDENTS ARE ELIGIBLE FOR FREE/REDUCED ADMISSION. PLEASE EMAIL US AT [email protected] FOR DETAILS.* Zoom meeting details will be emailed to all who register.