Shona O'Dea
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Shona O’Dea is the Director of Sustainability for Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), based in the San Francisco studio.

Throughout her career, O’Dea has been dedicated to energy efficiency and indoor environmental quality, providing innovation and technical excellence in sustainable building design and operation. She advises clients about sustainable goal-setting and uses building simulation to help designers quantify energy savings and understand the interactions of building design with the mechanical systems and with the environment. Beyond building simulation, O’Dea brings her passion to holistic building performance master planning with a focus on reducing the carbon footprint and water use of building portfolios, while also ensuring occupants can thrive in healthy spaces. Shona holds a BS in Building Services Engineering and an MS in Sustainability, Innovation and Technology from the Dublin Institute of Technology as well as an MS in Technology from Purdue University.

Finding Vision through IAQ
Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) has emerged as a leading consideration for building design,construction, and operations. Worsening air pollution, record setting forest fires, the global Covid-19 pandemic, and increased awareness about the lack of ventilation and build-up of indoor pollutants in existing buildings, have all prompted the industry to respond in kind.There are a variety of ways to evaluate indoor air quality (IAQ), from age-old methods such as occupant surveys and point-in-time laboratory testing, to a robust offering of continuous air quality monitoring devices. Each of these methods are valuable situational tools depending on building operator needs and strategy. Continuous air quality monitoring in the newest method available for use, is growing quickly, and evolving in real time. This presentation will approach the topic of continuous monitoring in an informed, yet accessible, way for occupants to better understand their options and considerations forimplementation when considering IAQ monitor specifics and scale of deployment.
Considerations for Continuous Air Quality Monitoring
As ASHRAE members, the delivery of healthy indoor air is what drives a lot of our careers. As such, one would imagine that we would spend as much time and effort into ongoing verification of such healthy air, as we do in the design phase of a project but the reality is that our role often stops at the test and balance report. This session discusses the importance of continuous air monitoring using real world case studies of sensor deployments of scale. A five step process for developing a Smart Sensing Program will be shared, with a special focus on considerations for selecting an Indoor Air Monitor for the use cases in mind.