Dr. Rengie Chan is a Research Scientist in Indoor Environment Department of the Environmental Energy Technologies Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Her work focus on pollutant transport between outdoor and indoor air, and implications to human exposure as a result. There are many influential factors to consider in different environments. Dr. Chan is currently involved in three projects that study the various aspects of this topic: (1) characterization of the air leakage of U.S. residential homes, (2) indoor air quality and ventilation needs of retail buildings, and (3) integration of indoor modeling capability in hazard event assessments and predictions. Dr. Chan joined the Laboratory as a graduate student and worked on the evaluation of shelter-in-place effectiveness. She collaborated with the National Atmospheric Release Advisory Center to develop an operational model that predicts indoor concentrations in residences and commercial buildings in the event of an outdoor chemical release. Her work has been applied in advising emergency responders on protecting buildings against accidental or intentional chemical or biological releases. Dr. Chan earned her Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from University of California, Berkeley in 2006. Prior to that, she participated in the Pittsburgh Atmospheric Particulate Matter Supersite Program led by Carnegie Mellon University, where she studied Chemical Engineering as an undergraduate. Her work involved ambient monitoring of particulate matter and gaseous pollutants. She assisted in the development of an in-situ instrument that measures the water content of fine aerosols.
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Ashok Gadgil, Phil Price, Tracy Thatcher, Michael Sohn, David Lorenzetti, Rengie Chan, Emily Wood, Woody Delp, Richard Sextro, Elizabeth Finlayson, Buvaneswari Jayaraman, Sheng-Chieh Chang, Suengbae Hong, and Sondra Jarvis
"Association of Residential Energy Efficiency Retrofits with Indoor Environmental Quality, Comfort, and Health: A Review of Empirical Data." Building and Environment (2020). .
"Indoor Air Quality in California Homes with Code-Required Mechanical Ventilation." Indoor Air (2020). .
"Ventilation rates in California classrooms: Why many recent HVAC retrofits are not delivering sufficient ventilation." Building and Environment 167.January 2020 (2020). .
"Does Dampness and Mold in Schools affect Health? Results of a Meta-Analysis." Indoor Air 2019 (2019). .
"An Estimate of Natural Gas Methane Emissions from California Homes." Environmental Science & Technology (2018). .
Small and Medium Building Efficiency Toolkit and Community Demonstration Program. 2017. LBNL-2001054. .
"Assessing Occupant and Outdoor Air Impacts on Indoor Air Quality in New California Homes." AIVC Conference. 2017. .
Healthy Efficient New Gas Homes (HENGH) Field Study Protocol. 2016. LBNL-1005819. .
"Health benefits and costs of filtration interventions that reduce indoor exposure to PM2.5 during wildfires." Indoor Air 27.1 (2016) 191 - 204. .
Healthy Efficient New Gas Homes (HENGH) Pilot Test Results. 2016. LBNL-1005818. .
"Cooking-related PM2.5 and acrolein measured in grocery stores and comparison with other retail types." Indoor Air 26.3 (2015) 489-500. .
"Green, Clean, & Mean: Pushing the Energy Envelope in Tech Industry Buildings." 2015. LBNL-1005070E. .
Durable Airtightness in Single-Family Dwellings: Field Measurements and Analysis. 2015. LBNL-1005748. .
Prototype Systems for Measuring Outdoor Air Intake Rates in Rooftop Air Handlers. 2015. LBNL-181030. .
"Contaminant levels, source strengths, and ventilation rates in California retail stores." Indoor Air 25.4 (2014) 381-392. .
"Evaluation of the Indoor Air Quality Minimum Ventilation Rate Procedure for Use in California Retail Buildings." Indoor Air 25 (2014) 93-104. .