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August 18, 2021
High performance & sustainability

Among the many lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic is a reminder that indoor air quality matters. Like drinking water, outdoor air pollution and the food we eat, the quality of indoor air is now under the microscope for future regulation. Improving air quality is also critical to help mitigate transmission of COVID-19 as companies prepare to welcome their workforces back to the office environment.

While many emerging technologies, such as Needlepoint Bipolar Ionization (NPBI), show significant promise in laboratory studies, some of the performance claims do not translate directly to real-world conditions as they are installed in buildings. Pepper recently partnered with RHP Risk Management, a national research and consulting firm comprised of health scientists and public health professionals, to conduct a controlled, real-world test on NPBI to further understand its efficacy, analyze how aerosols travel in an office, explore the limitations and best applications for NPBI and understand the value of this and other emerging technologies.

Please click on the icon below to read or download our new white paper, "Protecting the Air We Breathe."

IAQ White Paper





To review our previously published white paper, "Improving The Air We Breathe," click here.

This white paper is intended for educational purposes only.

About the Author

Susan Heinking

Susan Heinking, AIA, NCARB, LEED FellowSenior Vice President, High Performance and Sustainable Construction

A licensed architect and LEED Fellow, Susan has over a  decade of experience designing and managing sustainability programs and initiatives in the building industry. She leads Pepper's High Performance and Sustainable Construction Group. She is a national expert in sustainable building design and construction. Her many areas of involvement include Chicago's Energy Benchmarking Ordinance, the AIA2030 Chicago Working Group, co-chairing Chicago's AIA COTE knowledge group, participating in RETROFIT Chicago and working with the Chicago Biomimicry Group. Susan has been named to both ENR and BD+C's 20 under 40 list.

Susan's current vision for Pepper includes expanding the company's sustainability efforts to fully embrace the high performance aspects of both building performance and human performance. This includes enhancing existing efforts with energy modeling, ROI analysis and local utility incentives, as well as building on Pepper's "Nothing Hits the Floor" program and promoting the use of healthy materials.

Susan holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Oregon and is an active presenter at industry conventions.

Read more about Susan's accomplishments.