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Respecting Ventilation: Now More than Ever



Andrew K. Persily


At Indoor Air 2005 the author gave a plenary in which he channeled Aretha Franklin to suggest that the IAQ field needed to give ventilation more R-E-S-P-E-C-T. That presentation and subsequent paper (Persily, 2006) stressed the science behind ventilation requirements, deficiencies in how ventilation is measured in IAQ studies, and the misuse of indoor CO2 as a ventilation indicator. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is fortunately more interest in ventilation (Morawska, et al., 2021), but confusion remain. This abstract clarifies several issues related to building ventilation, which is needed now more than ever.
Conference Dates
November 9-11, 2021
Conference Location
Honolulu, HI, US
Conference Title
Healthy Buildings America 2021


assessment, building, indoor air quality, standards, ventilation


Persily, A. (2022), Respecting Ventilation: Now More than Ever, Healthy Buildings America 2021, Honolulu, HI, US, [online], (Accessed June 18, 2024)


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Created January 19, 2022, Updated November 29, 2022