Presenter Bio: Louie Cheng
Originally from the US, Louie founded PureLiving in 2010 to meet the demand for clean indoor air and water in China. PureLiving’s team of chemists, building engineers, and indoor environmental consultants advise clients on air and water quality, mold, asbestos and lead exposure issues. PureLiving also is a cutting edge developer of proven solutions and technology innovation for clean air including the design and installation of filtration, odor/chemical reduction, mold remediation, energy savings, COVID management, and air quality monitoring systems. Today, with a physical presence in 5 cities across Asia Pacific and global distribution, PureLiving is the industry’s provider of choice for achieving healthy, comfortable, and productive indoor environments. PureLiving acquired QLEAR, a leading building performance real-time monitoring platform in 2020 which is integrated into LEED Arc, RESET, and WELL (via API). Over 35% of the Fortune 100 companies in China, and more than 30 schools globally rely on PureLiving for their indoor health and safety. PureLiving has been deeply involved in the Green Building industry for over more than a decade, and designed and certified the first LEED v4 project in China, the first WELLv2 Platinum project in the world, and is the leading RESET provider in China. Louie has over 24 years of scientific consulting experience as a chemical warfare engineer with the US Army, trained with the US CDC, and was formerly the Asia Strategy Director for Thomson Reuters’ Scientific Division. Louie is the chapter director of the China Chapter of the Indoor Air Quality Association, a charter member of the governmental Canadian Council for Indoor Air Quality, has personally led over 1800 indoor environmental and green building projects and is a frequent public speaker for radio, television, and industry associations including CoreNet, IFMA, and BOMA. He holds a BA from Harvard and MBA from Dartmouth Business School.
Although many have just accepted the chances of catching COVID, the costs of transmission are still high for those who are immunocompromised, at-risk seniors, and healthcare workers. Additionally, besides COVID, the productivity and absenteeism due to flu season impact every business and school. One tool in the arsenal has been little utilized: UV for occupied spaces. Battle tested since the 1930s in combatting tuberculosis, upper room UV is officially recognized by ASHRAE as a recommended method for controlling airborne transmissible diseases but is still little known.
In this session, a UV consultant and researcher will share knowledge on how upper room UV is an attractive and cost-effective way to control viral and bacterial spread in occupied rooms. Furthermore, new advances in Far UV, which is safe for skin and eyes and therefore can be used wherever normal light fixtures are installed, will be shared.
Attendees will learn:
- The working principles behind upper room and Far UV
- Appropriate applications for UV technologies compared to filtration or additional ventilation
- Safety considerations and how to respond to queries about ozone generation and skin/eye concerns
- Performance and safety standards in the market
- Sample installed costs relative to other technologies