Key Topics

  1. Re-defining IAQ with future possible cataclysmic events in mind
  2. Getting existing IAQ solutions to work to their fullest potential; innovations in design, construction, installation and equipment for unprecedented IAQ; unencumbering even those that are energy-intense but deliver on ‘Extraordinary IAQ’
  3. Agreeing on an energy efficiency target in the building industry that would surpass the expected target demanded by the intended emissions-reduction objectives of the Paris Agreement, to accommodate an increase in energy use towards achieving greater IAQ goals
  4. Building owners and an IAQ mandate: The importance of balancing total cost of ownership (TCO) objectives with providing a secure bio-environment for occupants
  5. The imperative nature of global, regional and national consensus on sector-wise energy-curb targets in the context of official government annual reporting on greenhouse gas emissions: Developing a mechanism that unburdens one sector from having to achieve greater energy efficiency to compensate for the energy profligacy of another sector. (Context: The success of an energy-curb policy hinges on a holistic approach of all sectors (transportation, etc.) contributing their mite and achieving their respective energy lowering targets.)
  6. The engineering approaches and technologies that are available to curb energy use – how much have we evolved?
  7. The counterproductive nature of proffering individual solutions and working in silos: The importance of an all encompassing solution-based approach. A paradigm shift or new ecosystem of specific government regulation, contractual aspects, financial models and timeframe needed to achieve unprecedented energy efficiency through multiple solutions working in sync towards the common objective, as a prerequisite for greater IAQ.
  8. The need for a pivotal global thinktank that would oversee the deployment of these technologies across all building types, not as offered by individual manufacturers and suppliers but as a holistic exercise. A Global Ministry of Climate Change as arbitrator and reviewer of technologies that cuts across all region-leaning testing centres. A Global Climate Change Lab.
  9. The role of Renewable Energy in IAQ: How the availability of abundant clean energy could possibly nullify the debate on striking a balance between energy efficiency and indoor air quality; Tesla and the Hawaii project; the cost, efficiency, maintenances expenses, reliability (intermittency, storage capacity, solar wheeling) of Renewable Energy, and the future landscape; the various forms of renewable energy the world over
  10. The feasibility of uninterrupted supply of Renewable Energy to reliably power a significant number of HVACR equipment, including energy-intense systems
  11. Lowering heat load in our buildings. Macro-strategies to address Urban Heat Island Effect at the city level; fenestration and other features that lower heat load at the building level
  12. Our culture, our architecture: The culture and psychology beyond the choice of building materials, some of which contribute to increase in heat load in highambient countries; the factors that drive instances of building design that fly against the face of science and engineering; the conflict between aesthetics and energy efficiency; or, are there mitigation approaches that would allow such aesthetic needs to prevail?
  13. Why building-retrofit projects, recommissioning & retro-commissioning measures and FM-related digital initiatives still solely or predominantly focus on improving energy efficiency, as opposed to paying attention to IAQ, as well?