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
"Analysis of Air Leakage Measurements of US Houses." Energy and Buildings (2013) 616-625. .
"Applying Large Datasets to Developing a Better Understanding of Air Leakage Measurement in Homes." International Journal of Ventilation 11.4 (2013) 323-338. LBNL-1005795. .
Evaluation of the Indoor Air Quality Procedure for Use in Retail Buildings. Berkeley: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 2013. LBNL-6079E. .
Air Leakage of US Homes: Regression Analysis and Improvements from Retrofit. 2012. LBNL-5966E. .
Analysis of Air Leakage Measurements from Residential Diagnostics Database. 2012. LBNL-5967E. .
"Modeling indoor exposures to VOCs and SVOCs as ventilation rates vary." Healthy Buildings 2012 - 10th International Conference. Brisbane, Queensland, 2012. .
"Contaminant levels and source strengths in U.S. retail stores — A pilot study." Healthy Buildings 2012 - 10th International Conference. Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Brisbane, Queensland, 2012. .
Healthy Zero Energy Buildings (HZEB) Program– Interim Report on Cross‐Sectional Study of Contaminant Levels, Source Strengths, and Ventilation Rates in Retail Stores. Berkeley: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 2012. .
"Preliminary Analysis of U.S. Residential Air Leakage Database v.2011." 2011 32nd AIVC Conference and 1st TightVent Conference: Towards Optimal Airtightness Performance 2011. LBNL-5552E. .
Side‐by‐Side Comparison of Particle Count and Mass Concentration Measurements in a Residence. Berkeley: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 2011. .
"Effectiveness of Urban Shelter-in-Place III: Urban Districts." Building Simulation 1 (2008) 144-157. .
"Effectiveness of Urban Shelter-in-Place I: Idealized Conditions." Atmospheric Environment 41 (2007) 4962-4976. .
"Effectiveness of urban shelter-in-place. II: Residential Districts." Atmospheric Environment 41 (2007) 7082-7095. .
"Assessing the effectiveness of shelter-in-place as an emergency response to large-scale outdoor chemical releases." University of California, Berkeley, 2006. .
Indoor-Outdoor Air Leakage of Apartments and Commercial Buildings. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 2006. .
"Analyzing a database of residential air leakage in the United States." Atmospheric Environment 39.19 (2005) 3445 - 3455. .
"Analyzing a Database of Residential Air Leakage in the United States." Atmospheric Environment 39.19 (2005) 3445-3455. .
"Distribution Of Residential Air Leakage: Implications For Health Consequences Of An Outdoor Toxic Release." Proceedings of The 10th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality and Climate - Indoor Air 2005 2005: 1729-1733. .
"Modeling shelter-in-place including sorption on indoor surfaces." 84th American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting, January 11-14, 2004 2004. .
Sheltering in buildings from large-scale outdoor releases. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 2004. .
"Building Airtightness: Research and Practice." State of the Art in Ventilation. London: James & James, 2003. 8-12. LBNL-53356. .