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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 20 years of experience designing and managing sustainability programs and initiatives within the built environment. Susan leads the High Performance and Sustainable Construction Division at Pepper Construction Group. She applies design to action by providing tools to evaluate investments, lower costs, and achieve sustainability goals for her clients. She also designs and implements innovative solutions for the construction industry, such as the Net Zero jobsite trailer that debuted at Greenbuild 2018 and the Building Performance Tool application that quickly analyzes the ROI of design and constructability options. She is the driving force behind Pepper’s companywide carbon drawdown program, inspired by Paul Hawkins’ work "Drawdown," working towards decarbonizing the construction industry. In addition, she is currently focused on leading Pepper’s Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) initiative.

Susan is an active advocate for sustainability in Chicago and other regional markets. She has initiated and participated in many influential projects and groups, such as Chicago’s Energy Benchmarking Ordinance, the AIA2030 Chicago Working Group, Chicago’s AIA COTE, RETROFIT Chicago, the Chicago Biomimicry Group, the Illinois Green Alliance Board of Directors and the Associated General Contractors of America Environmental Steering Committee.

Currently, she serves on the Illinois Energy Conservation Advisory Council, where she uses her technical expertise in commercial buildings to advocate for energy efficiency to develop a new stretch energy code for the State. She also serves on the board of Turning Point, an organization that supports domestic violence survivors in McHenry County.

Susan holds a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Oregon and is a frequent speaker at national sustainable conventions.

Read more about Susan's accomplishments.