IEQ and WELL: The Engineer and Contractor’s Perspective

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245 E 3rd St

Long Beach, CA 90802

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“People spend over 90% of their time indoors. Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) is critical for the success of a building and the health and wellbeing of its occupants. The WELL Building Standard is a performance-based certification that emphasizes positive IEQ. To achieve this, significant effort must be put into the design and construction of the building. This session will review the basic components of IEQ and best practices to improve building IEQ. It will then identify how improved IEQ performance can help achieve a WELL Certification, and review common construction problems and best practices related to IEQ. This session is for owners, contractors, and design team members.”

Learning Objectives:

• Comprehend the components of Indoor Environmental Quality

• Apply design best practices to improve Indoor Environmental Quality

• Analyze WELL Building Standard features related to Indoor Environmental Quality

• Apply lessons learned to future projects with stringent IEQ requirements

This lecture is qualified for 1 AIA, LFA and GBCI credit

This event will cost FREE

Our speakers are: Rafi Karim, Alexander Sasson, and Joseph Marfi.

Joseph Marfi, WELL AP & WELL Faculty, LEED AP BD+C, GGP

Director of Sustainable Design & Construction - Turner Construction Southwest Region.

  • Joseph is a member of Turner’s Regional Sustainability Committee, helped developing the company’s sustainability policy.

  • Assistant Professor at the California State University System since 2007.

  • Closely working with Delos and IWBI as a WELL Faculty to further the education on the WELL Building Standard. He was named WELL Faculty.

  • Member of the Living Building Challenge LA Collaborative, aspiring to be an LBC Ambassador.

  • He has been a member of the Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) rating system’s Materials Technical Advisory Group (TAG) assisted system development.

  • He has been invited to be a member of the Urban Land Institute OC/IE Chapter’s Sustainability Committee, assisted in organizing sustainability related events.

  • Member of the Los Angeles Business Council’s Energy & Environment Committee. Assisted in organizing several Sustainability Summit events.

He is actively working with USGBC since 2005 as executive board member of the OC Chapter. Currently is an advisor of the OC Market Leaders Advisory Board. In 2009 he was elected to serve on the USGBC Pacific Regional Council where he served till 2016.

He has been invited by GBCI to attend a Job Task Analysis Task Force conference and assisted development of test material for the LEEDv3 EBOM system.

Organized and founded the Hungary Green Building Council in 2008 and currently serving the team on the LEED International Roundtable.

He is working with the European Regional Network of the World Green Building Council, developing educational courses and frequently lectures internationally: Istanbul, Warsaw, Bucharest, Ljubljana, Budapest and provides technical expert articles and video courses to reach a broad audience.

Prior to his current job he held positions with design and construction companies and worked on multiple projects on three continents. Joseph earned his diploma in Hungary at the Ybl Miklos College of Building Sciences and has deep roots in sustainability.

Rafi Karim, EIT, LEED BD+C

Mechanical Design Engineer p2s

Rafi Karim is a Mechanical Design Engineer with a passion for green building design and sustainability. He has over three years of consulting engineering experience. Rafi brings an in depth knowledge of passive and hybrid design technologies and mechanical systems and their requirements to numerous needs assessments, system upgrades, renovations and new building projects for various entertainment, universities, healthcare, mission critical, industrial, and commercial kitchen facilities. He currently serves as the Entertainment market leader for P2S. Rafi is the program manager for the P2S Zero Net Energy (ZNE) Team, which researches high performance building best practices and develops training programs. Rafi has conducted multiple training seminars about ZNE case study matrix, ZNE envelope design, ZNE daylighting. Rafi volunteers for ASHRAE Socal as the Director of Student Activities and Young Engineers of ASHRAE (YEA). He organizes various social and technical events with the students and young engineers of the society. Rafi encourages the seasoned members to come together and take part in these activities. His goal is to bridge the gap between the young and the seasoned members of the society. Outside the professional world, Rafi is an adventurer and a nature lover, who enjoys hiking, rock climbing, snowboarding and biking. EDUCATION BS, Mechanical Engineering with a Minor in Energy Engineering, Cal Poly Pomona REGISTRATIONS Engineer in Training (EIT), 152229 LEED AP BD+C, 10890509 AFFILIATIONS American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), Director of SA & YEA Alternative Renewable Sustainable Energy Club (ARSEC), Founder

Alex Sassoon, EIT, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP

Electrical Design Engineer, p2s

Alex Sassoon has over four years of experience in consulting engineering and over six years in sustainable design, covering both renovation and new construction. He currently serves as an Electrical Design Engineer and Project Manager at P2S, where he helps to continuously assure P2S quality standards. Alex brings an in depth knowledge of environmental and electrical systems and their requirements to numerous needs assessments, systems upgrades, renovations and new building projects for various universities, hospitals, mission critical, industrial and commercial facilities.

Alex is a cofounder and head of education for the P2S Net Zero Team, which emphasizes high performance building best practices and sustainable design. Alex has taught multiple classes about passive design strategies, plug load analysis and control, and daylighting methods and lighting control systems.

Prior to joining P2S, Alex served as an architectural designer for William Fisher Architecture. While there he was leader of sustainable building design and composited architectural visualization.


BA, Environmental Studies, Minor Electrical Engineering, University of California, Santa Cruz, 2012


Electrical Engineer in Training, EIT 155742, LEED v4 AP BD+C, WELL AP


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