Mon., 1/1,3 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Building Science and Structure

This presentation provides home inspectors with an intimate knowledge of the types of problems that can develop in furnaces, air conditioners, air-to-air heat exchangers, dehumidifiers, humidifiers, and heat emitting units in hot-water heating systems – including systems in new construction. Such problems can degrade the functioning of the equipment and lead to health symptoms among building occupants. This presentation will include suggestions for ways to avoid such problems.

Jeffrey C. May (May Indoor Air Investigations) is a retired member of ASHI and has given many presentations at both local and national ASHI meetings; his articles have appeared in the ASHI Reporter. Jeff has been investigating moisture and IAQ problems for more than 20 years, and he has analyzed by microscopy over 25,000 air and dust samples. He has trained other home inspectors to do the same. Jeff is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Work Environment at U Mass Lowell, and author of four books on IAQ published by The Johns Hopkins University Press. Jeff holds a B.A. from Columbia and an M.A. (organic chemistry) from Harvard.