The Center for Healthy & Efficient Spaces
Expertise Focused on Healthier Indoor Environments
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.
A Center for Healthy Progress
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
Collaboration & Insights
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
Policy & Standards
Consultation with industry groups to contribute to the evolution of responsible IEQ standards while ensuring sustainability and energy efficiency are not compromised
Our Partners in Healthier Spaces
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.
Meet the Center for Healthy & Efficient Spaces Leader
Rasha Hasaneen, Trane Technologies Center for Healthy & Efficient Spaces, Executive Director
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, Hitatchi, 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.
Meet the Advisory Council on Healthy Spaces
Russ Carnahan, Building Action Co-founder and Former United States Congressman
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, Penn State, Associate Professor, Architectural Engineering
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.
Memo Cedeno Laurent, Harvard University, Associate Director of the Healthy Buildings Program
Memo Laurent is part of the environmental health group at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Associate Director of the Healthy Buildings Program. Laurent’s research focuses on developing tools that leverage the data collection potential for mobile health quasi-experimental studies of the built environment. His research advances the understanding of mechanisms by which environmental exposures impact health, productivity, and safety; provides evidence linking energy efficiency opportunities in buildings to public health co-benefits; and disaster response resources to characterize environmental exposures and evaluate health effects.
Lidia Morawska, Queensland University of Technology School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Professor
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, World Business Council for Sustainable Development, Executive Director, North America
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.
IEQ Collective Intelligence
McKinsey & Company: Can HVAC Systems Help
Prevent Transmission of Covid 19
Written collaboratively by the Advanced Industry Practice, this article explores how modifications to heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning systems might help reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus by purifying air, improving ventilation and managing airflows.
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health: The 9
Foundations of a Healthy Building
The 9 Foundations of a Healthy Building was created by a multidisciplinary team of experts from the Healthy Buildings Program at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The 9 Foundations curated summaries are designed to be a clear and actionable distillation of the core elements of healthy indoor environments.
Building performance evaluation: Balancing
energy and indoor environmental quality in a UK school building
This paper reports on a holistic building performance evaluation covering aspects of energy, thermal comfort, indoor air quality, lighting and acoustics. It assesses the performance issues and inter-relationships between energy and indoor environmental quality in a recently built school campus in London.
American Psychological Association: Healthy
buildings, productive people
Can indoor building features such as ventilation, pollutants and lighting influence our thinking, behavior and health? Research suggests that they can.
ScienceDirect: Impact of Indoor Environmental
Quality on Occupant Well-Being and Comfort; a review of
A state of the art study through extensive review of the literature, establishing links between IEQs and occupant well-being and comfort. A range of issues such as sick building syndrome, indoor air quality thermal comfort, visual comfort and acoustic comfort are considered in this paper.
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.