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Webinar 1  Wednesday February 14, 2024
Topic: Ductwork Leakage - Effects and Efficiency Opportunities
Speakers:  Josh Lewis, CEM, CMVP, VP Energy Engineering, Nerva Energy Group Inc.
  Ductwork leakage is a pervasive problem in virtually all buildings, but is especially an issue in the healthcare sector given their 24/7 operation, high ventilation and outdoor air rates, and the risk of cross-contamination. In fact, ASHRAE states in their Duct Design Manual that "75% of commercial duct systems leak between 10% - 25%". This directly impacts the performance of HVAC systems, leading to the inefficient use of energy, higher greenhouse gas emissions, and a reduction of the air exchange rates in occupied areas of buildings which has a negative impact on indoor air quality. This presentation will quantify the issue, discuss case studies, and present both traditional and innovative solutions.
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Webinar 2 Wednesday March 20, 2024
Topic: Using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to Harness Free Energy to Optimize Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Efficiency 
Speaker: Tobias Janes, CEM, Chief Technology Officer at EcoPilot Canada | USA
  Is your building using free energy? Buildings are thermally inert by nature and therefore the buildings’ framework has a self-regulating ability to maintain the correct temperature – but is this being utilized by building managers? Most control systems currently in use are set to instantly compensate for each temperature variation that occurs in a building and work against the buildings natural self-regulation, which leads to the waste of both cooling and heating capacity. Artificial Intelligence for optimized control of automation systems has arrived in North America and is proving to reduce energy consumption by 20-40% by taking advantage of a buildings’ free energy. These results are achieved by letting the building’s technical installations work with the laws of nature to store the free heat and cold that would otherwise have been “discarded”. This session will take viewers on a virtual tour of an active building utilizing AI and harnessing free energy.
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Webinar 3  Wednesday April 17, 2024
Topic:  Beyond Directions: Designing Effective Wayfinding Systems for User Experience
Speaker:  Greg Neely, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Visual Communications/Design
  The webinar will focus on developing wayfinding programs in healthcare environments. Discover the importance of user-centred thinking in creating effective and supportive wayfinding systems to alleviate stress and anxiety. We'll also explore universal accessibility and integrating multiple languages in signage for inclusivity and communication with diverse populations. Additionally, learn about the integration of indigenous cultures through symbols, artwork, and narratives to promote cultural sensitivity. Don't miss this engaging webinar where we'll share best practices for creating a welcoming wayfinding experience in healthcare, including the integration of new technologies and their benefits and challenges.
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Webinar 4  Wednesday May 15, 2024
Topic:  Climate Change and Mould in Your Healthcare Facility
Speaker:  Dr. Om Malik, Ph.D, P.Eng., CIH, ROH, FAIHA, QP
Marianne Levitsky, MES, CIH, ROH, FAIHA
  Mould can lurk in buildings of all types and ages and poses a danger to occupants, particularly those who are immune-compromised or otherwise highly vulnerable. Climate change, with increased risk of flood events, has led to increased potential for mould problems in buildings like healthcare facilities. There is no more important time to be discussing the identification and mitigation of mould-related issues within healthcare facilities. This webinar will cover design and maintenance practices to keep your buildings and occupants safe from mould. It will explain what mould is, what causes mould to grow, the health effects of mould exposure, especially amongst vulnerable populations in health-care facilities, how to assess and prevent mould growth in your facility, and how to safely clean up and remove mould if it is present.
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Webinar 5  Wednesday June 26, 2024
Topic:  Retrofit for Sustainability
Speaker:  Chris Patterson CEM, LEED GA, Fitwell Ambassador, Automated Building Systems Technologist, National Healthcare Segment Lead, Schneider Electric
  All buildings need to be more sustainable. To limit global warming by 2050 to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) -specified 1.5°C, every effort must be made to decarbonize buildings. We must become net-zero or risk irreversible environmental and economic damage. Buildings contribute to 37% of global CO 2 emissions, and a large percentage of the energy used by buildings is wasted, with many still using fossil fuels for loads like heating. It's not enough to use sustainable practices and technology for new builds. Decarbonizing operations in existing buildings is no longer a “nice to have” but a “must do.” For building operators, retrofit projects are critical in the journey to decarbonize and meet net-zero targets. Champion the change management required to meet today’s global sustainability challenges by: 
  • Embracing a net-zero vision 
  • Providing strong operational guidance across your organization
  • Committing to strategizing and executing a plan.
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Webinar 6 Wednesday October 2, 2024
Topic: Infection Control for Health Care Facilities and Facility Managers: Major changes in the 2022 edition of the Infecion Control during Construction, Renovation and Maintenance in Health Care Facilities Standard
Speakers: Mike Hickey, MF Hickey Consulting
Gordon Burrill, P.Eng., CCHFM, FASHE, CHFM, CHC
  The first of the 3-part webinar series will explore how the CSA Z317.13:22 Infection Control during Construction, Renovation and Maintenance of Health Care Facilities standard has evolved into its current version. While techniques for curbing the spread of infection have become common place in this field, the 2022 edition of the standard raises the bar to reduce the reservoir of fungal and bacterial load in new buildings thereby reducing the risk of spreading infections during any future project. With dozens of changes to the standard between editions, this webinar will highlight the major changes of which CHES members should be aware.
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Webinar 7 Wednesday October 30, 2024
Topic: Infection Control for Health Care Facilities and Facility Managers: Applying the Z317.13:22 Standard to Renovation Projects
Speakers: Jessica Fullerton, B.Sc., M.Sc., CIC
Mike Hickey, MF Hickey Consulting
  Of particular concern to many facility and project managers across Canada is the incorporation of the CSA Z317.13:22 standard into their day-to-day activities. Developing small renovation and maintenance task procedures have a significant impact on reducing the potential spread of infectious agents. The major challenge for this type of work is that the tasks are often performed in very busy spaces, and in close proximity to many of the most vulnerable building occupants. The second of the 3-part webinar series will specifically focus on this area of application.
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Webinar 8 Wednesday November 27, 2024
Topic: Infection Control for Health Care Facilities and Facility Managers: Applying Infection Prevention and Control Practices for Hospital Maintenance Workers
Speakers: Jessica Fullerton, B.Sc., M.Sc., CIC
Gordon Burrill, P.Eng., CCHFM, FASHE, CHFM, CHC
  Finally, the third of the 3-part webinar series will explore good infection prevention practices to be used by hospital maintenance workers. While focused on preventing the spread of infection amongst vulnerable patient populations, leaders in the facilities management realm must also worry about keeping their staff safe and ensuring that maintenance workers do not become the vectors by which infectious agents travel in the health care facility. To do this, developing and promoting good habits among team members is paramount. This session will explore best practices for material and equipment handling and storage, personal protective equipment, accessing challenging spaces, and handling of potentially contaminated materials.
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