Statewide Virtual Meeting Wed Feb 10: Indoor Air Quality

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This presentation will be all about indoor air quality, meaning "is the air in our apartment safe to breathe long-term?" You may be surprised by what the science says. This presentation will examine:

  • Why indoor air quality matters to us and our renters
  • Common causes of poor indoor air quality
    • Environmental tobacco smoke
    • Pests
    • Excess moisture/dampness/mold
    • Volatile organic chemicals (VOC)
    • Carpets
    • Gas stoves
    • Radon
  • Steps proactive landlords can take to create healthier homes for our residents

This presentation will not go into legal specifics on which landlords have been sued for indoor air quality and what the penalty was. You can take it from us that this is a growing exposure for housing providers.

Monitoring for indoor air quality is fun! Invisible substances become visibly measurable with the right tools. Small changes in the way we operate can make big improvements in how we think, feel, and breathe in our homes.

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Professor David Turcotte, University of Massachusetts Lowell

Part of this presentation will be given by Professor Dave Turcotte, Sc.D., research professor, director, and principal investigator at the New England Consortium at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and Lowell Healthy Homes Program. Professor Turcotte researches healthy homes and sustainable housing. He is currently studying HEPA filters as intervention for renters with asthma and/or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He has authored dozens of papers and given many more presentations on indoor air quality, particularly as it applies to rental housing.

The networking portion of this meeting will be hosted by Rich Merlino. Rich has managed apartments since 2003 and prides himself on his mostly plagiarized systemization of each aspect of property management. He is a member of the MassLandlords Board of Directors.

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Open to attendees statewide

This event is regionally branded in keeping with a local tradition. This region used to meet in-person on this day at this time. You are welcome to participate in this virtual meeting no matter where you are in the state.

Wednesday, February 10th

Virtual Meeting Agenda

  • 5:00pm Sign-in and virtual networking: you can chit chat with others as people log in
  • 5:40pm Business Update
  • 6:00pm Indoor air quality
  • 7:00pm Virtual meeting ends

Participation is Easy

As a result of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, our events have been replaced by webinars or virtual meetings held during the traditional event time for each former location:

  • Virtual meetings include optional audience participation via video, phone, and screenshare and are not recorded.
  • Webinars have limited participation options (typed questions only) and are recorded.

Our virtual registration desk is open for all events one hour starting 30 minutes prior to the event start time. Call 774-314-1896 or email for live, real-time help signing in and using your technology.

If joining a virtual meeting, please use the zoom "test audio" feature. You will be allowed to talk to others if your microphone is good and there is no background noise. We reserve the right to mute anyone for any reason. Attendees without a microphone or who don't want to be heard can type questions.

Virtual Meeting Details (hosted by Zoom)

We will share our video, audio, and computer screen and slides.

  • Optional: You can share your video with everyone, talk to everyone, and type chat with everyone. Video sharing is not required. Talking is not required.

Password will be emailed and viewable online.

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  • Contemporaneous participation:
    • Public: $10
    • Members: $7
    • Premium Members: No charge and no need to register. Click here for meeting details and password.

This event will not be recorded.

Slides and handouts if any will be uploaded to Indoor Air Quality for Rental Housing.


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