Pawel Wargocki, PhD – Wenjuan Wei, PhD – Corinne Mandin, PhD – Deep Energy Retrofits and IEQ; A TAIL from Europe

Air Date: 12-15-2023|Episode 718

Good Day and welcome to IAQ Radio+ episode 718 this week we welcome Dr. Pawel Wargocki, Dr. Wenjuan Wei and Dr. Corinne Mandin for a discussion about Deep Energy Retrofits and IEQ; A TAIL from Europe. With the large focus on making our building stock less energy intensive what will happen to indoor environmental quality? We talk to a stellar group of academics about how to determine what deep energy retrofits will do to IEQ.

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Pawel Wargocki is professor at the Technical University of Denmark. He graduated from the Warsaw University of Technology in Poland. He received his Ph.D. from the Technical University of Denmark in 1998, where he has been teaching and performing research ever since. He has more than 25 years of experience in research on human requirements in indoor environments. He is best known for his seminal work demonstrating that poor indoor environmental quality affects the performance of office work and learning. Other work influenced requirements for ventilation and air cleaning. Recent research includes studies on human emissions, sleep quality, the development of IEQ rating schemes, and the performance of green buildings.

He has collaborated with leading research institutions, universities, and industrial partners worldwide, such as the National University of Singapore, Jiaotong University in Shanghai, Syracuse Center of Excellence, United Technologies, and Google. He was President and long-standing board member of the International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate (ISIAQ), President of the ISIAQ Academy of Fellows (previously Academy of Indoor Air Sciences), Vice President of the Indoor Air 2008 conference, and Chair of ASHRAE committees. He has received several awards for his work, including the Rockwool Award for Young Researchers, ASHRAE Ralph Nevins Award, ISIAQ’s Yaglou Award, and the Indoor Air Journal Best Paper Awards.

Corinne Mandin earned her PhD in environmental chemistry from the University of Rennes, France. From 2013 to 2022, she coordinated the French Indoor Air Quality Observatory, a research program dedicated to indoor environmental quality created by the French government. In 2022, she joined the French institute for radiation protection and nuclear safety (IRSN) where she leads the epidemiology research group. Her research interests include human exposure to chemical and physical risk factors, both in living spaces and occupational settings, and related health effects. She is the Immediate Past President of the International Society for Indoor Air Quality and Climate (ISIAQ).

Dr. Wenjuan Wei is a research scientist at the Scientific and Technical Centre for Building (CSTB, France, since 2018). She received her Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Tsinghua University (2009-2014). She was a guest researcher at the National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST, USA, 2011-2012), and a post-doctoral researcher at CSTB (2016-2018). During her post-doctoral appointment, she was Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow of the European Commission’s Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions and PRESTIGE Fellow of Campus France. Dr. Wei is a specialist in indoor environmental quality (IEQ). She received the Yaglou Award of the ISIAQ Academy in 2022 and is the co-chair of the ISIAQ Scientific and Technical Committee 32 addressing environmental/climate impacts.

Her research interests include the emission and transport of (semi) volatile organic compounds (S)VOCs, indoor heat and pollutant exposures, and IEQ index. She has participated in several European and French research projects, such as Horizon-ALDREN and Horizon-PARC. She is co-supervising 2 PhD theses. She has published 43 peer-reviewed journal articles, and her h-index is 22.