The Center for Healthy & Efficient Spaces (CHES) convenes leading internal and external experts to advance indoor environmental quality (IEQ) policy, strategies and solutions; establishing a roadmap for more resilient and sustainable communities and spaces.
Through idea exchange, research, partnership development and advocacy, the Center will guide our efforts, and those of our industry, on issues tied to the effect that indoor environments can have on the health, productivity and well-being of people - while continuing to advance sustainable outcomes for the world.
Delivery of both IEQ and energy efficiency through innovation and partnerships in the assessment, mitigation and management of indoor spaces
Market education around IEQ and its role in a sustainable world
Leadership through an integrated advisory team – developing insights and best practices at the intersection of issues concerning indoor environmental quality, human health, and sustainability
Collaboration with experts throughout academia, nonprofit organizations and industry groups to develop unique insights and market understanding to guide IEQ strategies
Consultation with industry groups to contribute to the evolution of responsible IEQ standards while ensuring sustainability and energy efficiency are not compromised
Our work is enhanced by the partners we keep.
Building on strong alliances with experts in medicine, epidemiology, education and policy across building and transport sectors, we are immersed in critical indoor environmental quality and health issues. With expertise from our contributing partners in the Advisory Council on Healthy Spaces, we'll develop deep insights as the basis for innovation and solutions that safeguard human health and well-being, while creating more environmentally sustainable outcomes.
Rasha Hasaneen is the vice president of innovation and product excellence for Trane Technologies. She is a seasoned executive and innovation leader with a proven track record in product management, product marketing, engineering, strategy, planning and lean thinking. Over a series of leadership roles for GE, SAP, Hitachi, Lucent Technologies and GM, Rasha developed a keen sense of transforming the customer experience through data-driven solutions. Throughout her career, she has consistently leveraged her technical and business background to bridge the gap between market expectations and technology solutions in engineering-driven companies.
Rasha will lead the Center for Healthy & Efficient Spaces, coordinating with our integrated internal and external advisory councils and technology partners. In leading both innovation and CHES, she will be the focal point for Trane Technologies on the topics of indoor environmental quality, bringing innovative thinking and a customer focused approach to this critical topic.
Russ Carnahan served as a U.S. Representative for Missouri from 2005 to 2013 and has been a vocal proponent of addressing the impact of buildings on climate change and human health. While in congress, he founded the bipartisan Congressional High-Performance Building Caucus to raise awareness about building-related policies that can address energy and environmental challenges. As co-founder of Building Action, an advocacy-oriented nonprofit focused on building sustainability, Carnahan works with a broad coalition of stakeholders to advocate for building policy that improves communities and combats climate change.
Jim Freihaut specializes in indoor air quality, building science, enclosed space air quality issues, and system constraints on air treatment/filtration solutions and is part of Penn State’s Institutes for Energy and the Environment (IEE). IEE is one of the lead institutes for the Global Building Network, a global network supported by the United Nations to create an international framework to make buildings healthier, more efficient, and more sustainable.
Ron Keller, North American Executive Director, Brookfield Global Integrated Solutions (BGIS)
Ron Keller is the North American Executive Director at Brookfield Global Integrated Solutions (BGIS). BGIS is one of the leading providers of integrated facility management for the Global 100 Corporations. Ron has over 25 years in Real Estate development, construction project, transaction and facility management areas, both as an end user and service provider. Ron has been the global practice leader for industry sectors for Oil & Gas, Industrial and Financial Sectors. Prior to his current role at BGIS, Ron was an Executive Managing Director at CBRE and also Executive VP for KeyBank overseeing a variety of areas within finance, marketing, market research, M&A and Commercial and Corporate Real Estate.
Memo Cedeño Laurent, Rutgers University, Director of the Climate Adaptive and Restorative Environments (CARE) Lab
Dr. Memo Cedeño Laurent is Assistant Professor at the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute at Rutgers University, where he leads the Climate Adaptive and Restorative Environments (CARE) Lab. His group studies the mechanisms by which climate change is impacting human health in the built environment. The CARE Lab focuses on implementation research to find practical solutions for scalable and equitable climate adaptation and mitigation solutions.
John McKeon, CEO of Allergy Standards Ltd
John McKeon is a medical entrepreneur and currently the CEO of Allergy Standards Ltd (ASL), an international standards and certification body, a company he founded while working as an Emergency Room Doctor. As the founder he has led the development of an international intellectual property portfolio of patents and trademark applications and negotiated complex licensing agreements with multinationals such as P&G and 3M. Along the way he has secured significant equity investments as well as academic and industry grant awards. As a serial entrepreneur, John is involved in a number of successful healthcare related ventures.
John qualified as a doctor from Trinity College Dublin, is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, and also holds his United States Medical Licensing exams. He maintains a keen interest in clinical medicine and has had several publications in medical journals.
Lidia Morawska is a Professor in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane, Australia. She is also the Director of the International Laboratory for Air Quality and Health at QUT and a Co-Director of the Australia – China Centre for Air Quality Science and Management. She conducts fundamental and applied research in the interdisciplinary field of air quality and its impact on human health, with a specific focus on science of airborne particulate matter. She is a past President of the International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate and a consultant for World Health Organization.
Bill Sisson is currently the Executive Director of North America, for the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. Sisson directs and oversees multiple sustainability-oriented projects at WBCSD including the Transforming the Built Environment Initiative, which focuses on creating built environments that are healthy, circular, and have net zero-emissions. Prior to this role, he was on the Board for the Global Buildings Performance Network, a Paris based NGO that offers a knowledge hub for best practice policies.
There is evidence from The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and other sources that HVAC technologies can mitigate the risk of exposure to infectious aerosols in built environments; however, the transmission and mitigation of COVID-19 in buildings is yet to be tested and confirmed.
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