Best of Greenbuild Webcast Series: IEQ Evaluation in Schools Through Post Occupancy Evaluation

  • 09 Sep 2015
  • 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
  • 4168 Southpoint Parkway, Jacksonville, FL 32216


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IEQ Evaluation in Schools Through Post Occupancy Evaluation

Best of Greenbuild Webcast Series
1 hour of LEED Specific BD+C Credit 

Carnegie Mellon University’s Center for Building Performance and Diagnostics (CBPD) has developed an Indoor Environmental Assessment Toolkit (IDEAS), for teachers to independently evaluate the indoor environmental conditions of their classroom and identify areas that need to be improved in order to enhance the classroom environment. 

The session will first review current guidelines that exist for IEQ and those that are applicable to schools. Case studies and research analyses that identify how IEQ affects the health and productivity of teachers and students will be presented. The toolkit utilizes established Post Occupancy Evaluation (POE) methodologies. POE includes qualitative and quantitative building and occupancy assessments.  

An overview of the background of POE, its use in the industry, and how it was implemented in the toolkit will be discussed. The toolkit was tested in multiple Pennsylvania schools and results from the pilot case studies will be presented followed by recommendations that schools administrators can implement in their own school environments. The session will also include personal experiences from a school Principal who tested the toolkit in her facility. The session concludes with a live demonstration of the toolkit and instructions for audience members to access the toolkit online for use in their facilities.


Learning Objectives

  • Identify the effects of IEQ on health and productivity of the building occupants and distinguish IEQ from IAQ.
  • Discuss the IEQ metrics available in the industry for schools.
  • Recognize the pros and cons of Post Occupancy Evaluation and understand how to carry out an IEQ assessment in a school using School toolkit.
  • Conduct an analysis of SEAT results and evaluate the strategies needed to create a healthier school environment.


  • Moderator: Erica D. Cochran, PHD, MS Sustainable Design, B. Arch, Assoc AIA, NOMA, LEED AP, Assistant Professor & UDREAM Program Director, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Director
  • Presenter: Coral W. Pais, LEED Green Associate, Engineering Intern (EIT), Mechanical Engineer, Westlake Reed Leskosky, Cleveland, Ohio 
  • Presenter: Ashwini Arun, LEED BD+C, Sustainability Coordinator, VR&G, Chicago, Illinois
  • Presenter: Tawana Cook, BA Philosophy, MA Private School Leadership, Principal, Environmental Charter School, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

This session is approved for 1 hour of LEED Specific BD+C hours.

In-Person Location (Coffee, Bagels, & Networking): Auld & White Constructors, 4168 Southpoint Parkway, Jacksonville, FL 32216

GoToMeeting: If you plan to be a GoToMeeting participant, you will receive a separate email in addition to your confirmation email with the GoToMeeting login information.

Special Thanks to Our Venue Host 

Please contact Eric Hickox, LEED AP BD+C with any questions BEFORE the webcast at  For technical questions or questions DURING the webcast, email or text Sarah Boren at or 904-535-0055.

Sponsorship is available at $100/webcast or $500/series. Please contact Kim Jowers at if you are interested in sponsoring this event or whole series for the year. 

USGBC Florida Gulf Coast Chapter, c/o Florida Atlantic University, College of Engineering and Computer Science,
777 Glades Road, Room EE 329, Boca Raton, FL 33431-0991, / 561-373-7367
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