ASHRAE Ottawa Valley Chapter

Meeting 8 - May 17, 2022
Buildings Are Our Best Medicine – If We Properly Hydrate Our Indoor Air
Please Note: Online Registration is Now Closed
The registration deadline for this event was May 13, 2022.
Tuesday, May 17th, 2022
Centurion Conference & Event Center
170 Colonnade Road
Nepean, ON
K2E 7J5
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Registration Deadline
Friday, May 13th, 2022
Event Description

Buildings Are Our Best Medicine – If We Properly Hydrate Our Indoor Air

The indoor environment, where most of us spend 90% of our time, is one of the largest determinants of human health. Why then, do building standards focus on aesthetics, energy conservation and dramatic failures such as fire and earthquakes – while neglecting regulation of the indoor environment and indoor air quality (IAQ) to specifically support occupant health? 


Almost overnight, a mutating member of the ubiquitous Coronavirus family wreaked havoc in our homes, communities, and – in fact– the entire world. Confusion about routes of COVID-19 transmission and the role of our own immune system in disease progression resulted in fear about how to safely inhabit our homes, schools, offices, and all enclosed spaces. 


Despite the complexity of the interacting factors between indoor environments and human occupants, research motivated by the COVID-19 pandemic as well as preexisting studies in microbiology, medicine and building science, highlight a key step that we can take to support human health. Humans need mid-range levels of water vapor in occupied spaces to be healthy!

Safely maintaining indoor relative humidity between 40% to 60% will diminish the transmission of airborne infectious diseases and support human health – in all seasons. Conversely, dry indoor air during heating seasons in cold climates promotes viral respiratory diseases as well as a host of other health problems. 


Dr. Taylor will present studies showing the health benefits of hydrated air and will discuss the opportunities and challenges in maintaining an indoor relative humidity of 40%–60% worldwide.  



Speaker: Dr. Stephanie Taylor, MD, M Arch 

Dr. Stephanie Taylor received her MD from Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts in 1984. For the next several decades, she practiced clinical medicine and did academic research in cellular growth mechanisms.

During this time, she became increasingly concerned about patients who were harmed by new infection during their in-patient treatment. Determined to gain a better understanding of the impact of the built environment on patient well-being, she returned to school and obtained her Master's Degree I Architecture and Engineering from Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont. After working for several years in a healthcare design architecture firm, she founded Taylor Healthcare Consulting, Inc., in order to focus on designing, building and maintaining hospitals to better support patient healing. She quickly learned that many of the building and indoor air characteristics that affect people in hospitals also influenced the health of all people in buildings.

Dr. Taylor is currently working at the intersection of architectural design, indoor air management, the microbiome of the built environment and occupant health. She finds the impact of buildings on our health startling! Managing the built environment and indoor air with the goal of decreasing diseases from acute infections to chronic inflammation to cognitive impairment, is a very underutilized yet powerful approach to disease prevention. She finds that her physician insights and biological research helps her understand the science behind the interaction of buildings, human physiology and energy consumption.

Dr. Taylor has designed hospitals globally, from the United States to Papua New Guinea to Vietnam. In addition to her Taylor Healthcare Consulting work, she is a member of the Harvard Medical School Incite Health Fellowship. This program brings together multidisciplinary teams from across the US, trains them in design thinking and entrepreneurship, and gives them the tools and resources to guide the future of medical care.


To communicate her work and understanding about the fascinating convergence of human health, microbiology and architecture, Dr. Taylor writes monthly columns and bi-annual feature articles for Engineered Systems Magazine and publishes in other healthcare journals. She is an active member of ASHRAE, ASHE and national and international medical associations. When not working elsewhere, Dr. Taylor lives in beautiful Stowe, Vermont with her husband and eight dogs. One of her favorite activities is skydiving, which she finds is great practice for staying outside of her comfort zone!


Tech Session

Indoor Air Quality 


What qualifies as good Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)? That question has been asked numerous times not only during this on-going pandemic, but on many occasions before going back as far as we know to Ancient Greece. 

This presentation will focus on what is defined as Indoor Air Quality for various types of environments and its importance in occupant’s comfort, health, and wellness. It will also cover some common air contaminants, the effects of exposure, and their control measures. And finally, we will discuss some emerging IAQ issues and their impact.  


Speaker: Lan Chi Nguyen Weekes, P.Eng., ing 


Ms. Lan Chi Nguyen Weekes, P.Eng., ing., is currently the Director, Facilities and Protection for La Cité College in Ottawa, Ontario. Ms. Nguyen Weekes has over thirty (30) years of expertise on environmental issues, particularly the interaction between buildings and human health. Currently, she is working on implementing a Net Zero Carbone strategy on La Cité campuses and assessing the impact of climate change on the built environment.


She was the chair of the ASHRAE Multidisciplinary Technical Group on Health and Wellness in the Built Environment, and a member of ASHRAE Vision 2030. Recently, Ms. Weekes served as a committee member of the ASHRAE Position Document on Indoor Carbon Dioxide as well as a project member of the Management of Legionella in Water System Committee of the National Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM). 


Centurion is happy to accommodate some dietary needs with one week's notice. Please contact Elizabeth Primeau at 






Contact & Support

Celine Baribeau
Treasurer, ASHRAE Ottawa Valley Chapter

All prices in Canadian dollars
Ticket Price
Past President
Meeting registration which includes dinner.
Meeting Registration - VIRTUAL ONLY
ASHRAE Associate, Affiliate or Member $5.00
ASHRAE Student $0.00
ASHRAE Life or Fellow $5.00
ASHRAE Member Guest $10.00
Non-Member Guest $10.00
Past President $0.00
Past President Companion $0.00
Meeting Registration - IN PERSON
Meeting registration which includes dinner.
ASHRAE Associate, Affiliate or Member $48.00
ASHRAE Student $35.00
ASHRAE Life or Fellow $48.00
ASHRAE Member Guest $48.00
Non-Member Guest $65.00
Past President $0.00
Past President Companion $0.00
Past President Companion
Meeting registration which includes dinner.
Meeting Registration - Student
Bring a guest
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Visiting ASHRAE Member
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4:30pm - 5:30pm
Tech Session
5:30pm - 6:15pm
Social Hour
6:15pm - 7:00pm
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Business Session
8:00pm - 9:00pm
Buildings Are Our Best Medicine – If We Properly Hydrate Our Indoor Air
Presented By:

Stephanie Taylor, MD, M Arch


Additional Information

Free parking behind building.

Cancellation &
Refund Policy

Refunds requested by May 13, 2022 will be issued.

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