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Thursday, September 15 • 1:30pm - 3:00pm
The Effectiveness of Integrating Germicidal UV with Architectural Lighting in Real Spaces

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Germicidal ultraviolet radiation (GUV) has been shown to be effective at controlling bacteria and viruses, including the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, in laboratory tests and analytical simulations. More recently, researchers have begun room scale experiments and verification of computer simulations to advance the design and adoption of GUV into standard building practice in efforts to curb airborne transmission of disease in enclosed spaces. Concurrently, manufacturers of architectural lighting systems have developed GUV devices that allow GUV installations to occur seamlessly in concert with or integrated into architectural luminaires.

This presentation explores the effectiveness of the application of germicidal ultraviolet radiation in a real space, particularly in treating aerosolized bacteria and viruses. It reports on an installation of four commercially available architecturally-integrated GUV systems installed in a classroom on the Parsons/New School campus. For each installation, measurements were conducted of the amount and spectrum of UV-C at multiple locations throughout the room, as well as measurements of the ability of the GUV generated by these installations to deactivate a surrogate for the coronavirus. The measured data are compared with analyses of the same space through computer simulation in order to determine the effectiveness of such simulations in predicting the efficacy of GUV installations.

Attendees will gain a deeper understanding of upper room GUV systems for disinfecting room air and their effectiveness in mitigating the transmission of airborne diseases in enclosed spaces. Attendees will also learn how lighting designers can integrate GUV technology into their designs and confidently predict results so as to deliver effective, safe, non-intrusive, and attractive solutions for creating healthy spaces.

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Craig A. Bernecker, Ph.D., Fiesna, LC

Founder, The Lighting Education Institute
Dr. Bernecker has been a lighting educator for over 40years. He is founder of The Lighting Education Institute, providing professional education, and Professor of Lighting Design and Director of the Masters of Fine Arts in Lighting Design program at Parsons School of Design, The New... Read More →
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Dave Pfund

Senior Vice President Research and Product Management, The Lighting Quotient
Dave Pfund is an innovation-driven lighting industry thought leader focused on technologies that advance personal wellbeing and sustainable building initiatives. He is passionate about lighting science, biological and psychological responses to light, and related health impacts. Dave... Read More →

Thursday September 15, 2022 1:30pm - 3:00pm CDT
Trade Mart 4 Loft 4