ROCIS Presentations & White Papers

From the beginning, the ROCIS team has been active in teaching others about the impacts of outdoor pollutants on indoor air quality—and the resultant impact on human health. We have delivered numerous presentations, white papers, and webinars on air pollution and the interventions that reduce exposure to both outdoor and indoor contaminants. These materials are assembled below.

ROCIS White Papers

Protecting Homes from Outdoor Pollution

  • Don Fugler, Principal Investigator, Residential Sector Focus

To fully address indoor air quality, outdoor pollution must be taken into consideration. This paper examines data related to the sources of air pollution and the variety of factors that influence exposure and provides guidance for mitigating these threats.

  • Download "Protecting Homes from Outdoor Pollution":

Executive Summary (PDF)
Full Report (PDF)

Protecting Commercial Buildings from Outdoor Pollutants: School, Office, and Multifamily Buildings

  • Thomas J. Phillips. Principal Investigator, Schools/Commercial Focus

A partner piece to "Protecting Homes from Outdoor Pollutants," this paper provides a broad framework for understanding the sources and pathways of outdoor pollutants in commercial buildings and the mitigation approaches that can be taken.

Download "Protecting Commercial Buildings from Outdoor Pollution":

Executive Summary (PDF)
Full Report (PDF)
Appendix: IAQ Information Resources and Topics (PDF)

Related Materials

ROCIS Stakeholder Meeting:
July 23, 2014

Don Fugler's presentation on protecting homes from outdoor pollutants laid the groundwork for the forthcoming white paper on this topic. This was an opportunity to present key findings and solicit feedback from our key stakeholders. Check out Don's presentation slides as well as a video or audio-only recording of the presentation.

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ROCIS Stakeholder Meeting:
September 11, 2014

Tom Phillips presented on the topic of outdoor pollution in commercial buildings, which was the topic of the forthcoming ROCIS white paper. This was an opportunity to present key findings and solicit feedback from our key stakeholders. Check out Tom's presentation slides as well as a video or audio-only recording of the presentation.

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ROCIS Forum:
Creating Healthy Places: Protecting Indoor Spaces from Outdoor Pollution

A highlight of our 2014 forum on indoor/outdoor air quality included a joint presentation of the ROCIS white papers by Don Fugler and Tom Phillips. Listen to the presentation in audio or video recording, and follow along with the presentation slides.

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ROCIS Presentations

2021–2022

LCMP Monitoring Cohort 41, Ana Hoffman presenting

Energy OutWest

August 1–5, 2022

Reducing Outdoor Contaminants in Indoor Homes

Linda Wigington

Reducing Outdoor Contaminants in Indoor Homes - Presentation Slides (PDF)
Air Handler Interventions

Linda Wigington

Air Handler Interventions - Presentation Slides (PDF)

National Home Performance Conference

April 11–14, 2022

Particle Filtration With Central Air Handlers: Folly or Opportunity?

Linda Wigington and Rhett Major

Particle Filtration With Central Air Handlers - Presentation Slides (PDF)
Decarbonization Debate

Linda Wigington et al.


Insights from the Low Cost Monitoring Project (LCMP)

Presented to SW PA Interfaith Power and Light
January 26, 2022
Linda Wigington

Insights from the LCMP - PowerPoint Slides

ROCIS LCMP: Opportunities and Implications

Presented at the League of Women Voters of Greater Pittsburgh Annual Meeting
September 22, 2021
Linda Wigington

ROCIS LCMP - PowerPoint Slides

Energy and Environmental Building Alliance Hybrid High Performance Home Summit

September 2021

IAQ Monitors: Passive House California

Linda Wigington


Keep a Lid on It: Best Practices for Reducing Cooking Pollution in Homes

September 15, 2021
Tom Phillips

2021 Presentation PDF
Keep a Lid on It: Online ROCIS webinar

December 15, 2020
Tom Phillips

2020 Webinar Recording

Breakfast Panel with Green Building Alliance Sustainability and Women

June 2021
Linda Wigington


IAQ Devices: Where, Who, and For What?

Webinar for Passive House California
May 2021
Joe Medosh, Linda Wigington, et al.


Particle Filtration With Central Air Handlers: Folly or Opportunity?

Presentation at the National Virtual Home Performance Conference
April 2021
Linda Wigington and Rhett Major


Air Quality Impacts and Challenges: ROCIS LCMP

Presentation for the Green Home Office Lunch and Learn, Pitt Sustainability
March 2021
Emily Dale


Presentation on IAQ Devices for the RESNET Annual Conference

February 2021
Joe Medosh, Linda Wigington, et al.


Reducing Exposure to Air Pollution Particles

EHP Expert Panel on Infectious Lung Disease and Air Pollution
February 25, 2021
Don Fugler et al.

Reducing Exposure to Air Pollution Particles - Presentation Slides (PDF)

Making the Connection: Home Hazards

GASP Making the Connection Webinar Series
January 14, 2021
Linda Wigington et al.

Making the Connection - Presentation Slides (PDF)

2019–2020

Linda giving a presentation on the Low Cost Monitoring Project

Particle Filtration With Central Air Handlers: Folly or Opportunity?

Presentation for the 2020 Home Performance™ Regional Education Series: New England
November 13, 2020
Rhett Major and Linda Wigington

Linda Wigington's Presentation PDF

Rhett Major's Presentation PDF

Video recording

Audio recording


Indoor Air Quality and Health Panel

One Health One Planet Symposium: One Health and the Air We Breathe, Phipps Conservatory
October 19–23, 2020
Linda Wigington et al.

Indoor Air Quality and Health Panel (PDF)

Presentation to Valley Clean Air Now on Intervention Opportunities

October 2020
Linda Wigington and Deb Gentile


IAQ Monitoring for Healthier Homes

National Virtual Home Performance Conference
March 2020
Linda Wigington, Joe Medosh, Woody Delp

IAQ Monitoring for Healthier Homes (PDF)

Presentation on Air Handler Interventions for ACTION-Housing

March 2020
Rhett Major and Linda Wigington


Presentation to Valley Clean Air Now on Intervention Opportunities

December 2019
Linda Wigington


Citizen Science: Indoor Air Monitoring: The ROCIS Experience

2019 Shale Public Health Conference
November 19, 2019
Samantha Totoni

Video recording of all conference presentations

The ROCIS Experience

Presentation to USC Citizens for Land Stewardship
November 19, 2019
Linda Wigington and Samantha Totoni

The ROCIS Experience - PowerPoint Slides

Home Performance Research Needs

Healthy Building Summit: Practice to Research
October 2019
Linda Wigington et al.


All Things Monitoring

Presentation to Clean Air Council
June 2019
Linda Wigington and Deb Gentile


National Home Performance Conference

April 1–4, 2019

Electrification of Existing Homes: Fantasy or Path to Sustainability

Linda Wigington and Richard Faesey

High MERV Filters in Central Air Handlers: Opportunities and Challenges

Linda Wigington and Rhett Major, with Brent Stephens

National Home Performance Conference- Presentation Slides (PDF)

Using Consumer IAQ Monitors to Create a Healthier Home

Linda Wigington and Brett Singer

Using Consumer IAQ Monitors to Create a Healthier Home
- Presentation Slides (PDF)


Electricity Use Implications of Better Indoor Air Quality

Linda Wigington


Webinar for Tufts University on Air Handler Interventions

March 2019
Linda Wigington

2017–2018

Corentium Home Radon Detector with ROCIS ID label

Reducing Household Particles With Filtration: Measured Results, Opportunities and Challenges

2018 ACEEE Conference on Health, Environment and EnergyDecember 5, 2018Linda Wigington

Presentation for the Sustainability Salon - Focus on Air Quality

November 2018Linda Wigington

Beyond Dilution - Reducing Exposure to Particle Pollution

Healthy Buildings Summit 2018October 25, 2018Linda Wigington


North American Passive House Network 2018 Conference

October 17-21, 2018

Healthy Kitchen Ventilation: Best Practices in Low-E Homes

Tom Phillips

Beyond Dilution: Reducing Exposure to Particle Pollution in High Performance Homes

Linda Wigington

ROCIS Intervention Workshop

Workshops to Scratch the Advocacy Itch, Clean Air CouncilSeptember 2018Linda Wigington


Health and Safety Panel at Centering Equity in the Sustainable Building Sector Initiative: Launch Summit

NAACPAugust 2018Linda Wigington


Reducing the Impact of Outdoor Pollution in Homes

Allegheny County Clean Air Now (ACCAN) MeetingAugust 2018Linda Wigington and Mark Dixon

2018 HPC National Home Performance Conference

April 23–26, 2018

High-MERV Filters in Central Air Handlers: Opportunities and Challenges

Linda Wigington and Rhett Major

What Can You Do With a Consumer IAQ Monitor?

Brett Singer and Linda Wigington

Maximizing Energy Reductions with Non-Traditional Electricity Savings

Linda Wigington and Rana Belshe

Air Quality Presentation to the Sustainable Pittsburgh Challenge Meeting

March, 2018Linda Wigington


ROCIS: Low-Cost Particle Monitoring Insights and Interventions

Federal Interagency Committee on Indoor Air Quality (CIAQ)February 14, 2018Linda Wigington

Reducing Indoor Particles with Filtration: Opportunities and Challenges

Dry Climate Forum on Home PerformanceFebruary 5–7, 2018Tom Phillips and Linda Wigington

LCMP Presentation for Sustainable Pittsburgh Challenge

February 2018Kacy McGill

Redwood Energy's 4th Zero Net Carbon Retreat - Kitchen Range Hood Presentation

January 2018Tom Phillips

LCMP Presentation for Care About Your Air

December 2018Kacy McGill


ROCIS’s Low Cost Monitoring and Interventions: Insights and Implications

Healthy Building Summit: Research Into PracticeNovember 2–3, 2017Linda Wigington

ROCIS’s Low Cost Monitoring Program: Lessons Learned

Pittsburgh’s Air Quality, Indoor Environments and YouOctober 25, 2017Linda Wigington, Rob Busher, and Kacy McGill


Monitoring and Intervention Presentation for Sustainable Pittsburgh Challenge

September 2017Linda Wigington

ROCIS: Low Cost Monitoring Project: Insights Interventions, and Implications

SCA Fellows Air Quality TrainingSeptember 22, 2017Linda Wigington, Rob Busher, and Kacy McGill


ROCIS: Particle Data Explorations and Insights

U.S. EPA Smart City Air Challenge Webinar, Data Use in Community Air Quality ProjectsSeptember 14, 2017Linda Wigington

ROCIS: Low Cost Monitoring Insights and Interventions

68th Sustainability SalonSeptember 9, 2017Linda Wigington


ROCIS Low Cost Monitoring Project: Insights, Interventions, and Implications

The Air We Breathe: A Regional Summit on Air Pollution and Asthma in Our CommunitySeptember 8, 2017Linda Wigington


ROCIS High MERV Filter/Air Handler Inquiry: Opportunities and Challenges

DEAWP Meeting (Diagnostic Energy Auditors of Western Pennsylvania)June 3, 2017Linda Wigington and Rhett Major


National Home Performance Conference

April 2017


Cost-Effective Electric Savings Not Left on the Table

Linda Wigington and Rana Belshe


Presentation on Air Handlers

Linda Wigington and Rhett Major


Presentation on Air Quality Monitors

Linda Wigington


Linda Wigington Interview by Debra Little

This interview covers the basics of the ROCIS LCMP program and describes the findings emerging from interventions, especially the high MERV filter and the air handler inquiry.


LCMP Presentations at the Forum on Dry Climate Home Performance

February 2017Linda Wigington

2014–2016

Factory with smokestacks with clouds of particle pollution

Presentation to Sustainable Pittsburgh Challenge

August 2016
Linda Wigington


ROCIS Stakeholders Meeting

February 26, 2016

The focus of this meeting was to glean insights from the ROCIS LCMP cohorts, both by reviewing data and learning from participants’ experiences. 

Summary and Presentations

 

ROCIS Stakeholders Meeting

February 27, 2015

This meeting was an opportunity to identify others in our region who share specific common interests around air quality. We set out to clarify barriers and opportunities in moving our initiatives forward and, whether as an individual or an organization, made a commitment to take action.

Summary and Presentations

 

Creating Healthy Places: Protecting Indoor Spaces from Outdoor Pollution

ROCIS Forum
December 4–5, 2014

ROCIS was proud to bring together the knowledge, creativity, connections, and insight of our local community and beyond for a forum on the impact of outdoor pollution on indoor air quality. 

Summary and Presentations

 

Focus on Particulate Matter

Webinar I: Indoor Concentrations of Outdoor Air Pollution

November 21, 2014

Webinar I: Video (mp4)

Webinar I: Audio Only (mp3)

Webinar I: Presentation (PDF)

Webinar II: Health Impacts, Standards, Monitoring, and Building-level Mitigation

November 25, 2014

Webinar II: Video (mp4)

Webinar II: Audio Only (mp3)

Webinar II: Presentation (PDF)

ROCIS Stakeholders Meeting

September 11, 2014

This meeting laid out some of the key concepts related to the impact of outdoor pollutants on indoor air quality. We used this opportunity to present a draft white paper focused on multifamily and school buildings in order to get feedback from our diverse stakeholders.

Summary and Presentations

 

ROCIS Stakeholders Meeting

July 23, 2014

The information in this meeting provided an excellent grounding in the history of air quality in the Pittsburgh region. We also used this opportunity to present a draft white paper focused on the impact of outdoor pollution on indoor air quality—a topic that lies at the heart of our work—in order to get feedback from our diverse stakeholders.

Summary and Presentations