Buildings and Beyond – Steven Winter Associates, Inc.

Buildings and Beyond – Steven Winter Associates, Inc.

(ENCORE) Why is Kitchen Ventilation So Important? With Dr. Iain Walker from LBNL

August 03, 2021

We first released this episode in April 2019. Since then, our topic of discussion with Iain has only become more relevant. We recently caught up with Iain and have some updates to share, which are reflected in the resources below and at the end of the episode. Enjoy!

When you fire on a stove-top burner, whether it is electric, gas, or convection, many byproducts are released. This increase in moisture, gas, and other particulates is not only detrimental to the health of a building, but dangerous for human health as well.
To advance our knowledge on this topic, we invited building scientist and ventilation expert, Dr. Iain Walker, from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). Dr. Walker discusses strategies for controlling byproducts associated with cooking by focusing on kitchen ventilation.

Episode Guests: Iain Walker, PhD.
Iain Walker is a scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). He has more than 20 years of experience as a building scientist and consultant, conducting research on energy use, ventilation, moisture, performance simulation, and commissioning/diagnostic issues in residential buildings. His current work focuses on retrofits, zero/low-energy homes and heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems in residential buildings through field and laboratory evaluations, modeling and simulation activities, and standards setting. Dr. Walker is the task group leader for the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) standards committees on building and duct system air leakage and sealant longevity. For the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) he serves on National Standards committees for indoor air quality, weather, moisture design, and equipment air leakage. He also serves on Building Performance Institute (BPI) and Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) Technical Committees, the Affordable Comfort (ACI) conference planning committee and provides leadership and technical input to many local, state, national and international bodies.
Episode Information & Resources
New Resources as of 8/3/21:
Simulation of short-term exposure to NO2 and PM2.5 to inform capture efficiency standards
Effects of Residential Gas Appliances on Indoor and Outdoor Air Quality and Public Health in California
Investigating Emissions from the Cooking of Meals
Ultrafine Particles from Electric Appliances and Cooking Pans
Reducing Exposure to Cooking Pollutants – Policies and Practices
Indoor Air Quality: Residential Cooking Exposures 
Measurement of Ultrafine Particles and Other Air Pollutants Emitted by Cooking Activities
Particle Concentrations in Inner-city Homes of Children with AsthmaR...