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Building Ecology Research Group

About Us


The Building Ecology Research Group is led by research architect Hal Levin. Levin has been consulting on building and environmental issues since the early-1970s. In 1978, while working at UC Berkeley's College of Environmental Design, he began his focus on indoor pollution and indoor environmental quality. His consulting clients have included government, industry, and private individuals across the country and around the world. Projects have included offices, schools, retail establishments, radio and TV stations, residences, and other building types. His work on environmentally-responsible design issues includes development and integration of methods for systematically analyzing building environmental performance. While frequently included on design project teams for his indoor air quality expertise, his contribution usually expands to include integration of a full range of environmental issues as a member of an interactive, dynamic design process.

For more than 30 years, Levin has been involved in research and consulting that include the integration of knowledge about indoor and outdoor air pollution as well as other risk factors into the design of residential, educational, and commercial buildings and communities. In addition, to his academic and research activities, Levin has been active in professional education workshops and short courses on topics that include pollution prevention and indoor environmental quality management for schools, offices, and residences. He is a contributor to chapters in several books including Indoor Air Quality Handbook (McGraw-Hill, 2001) and Time-Saver Standards for Architectural Design Data (McGraw-Hill, 1997). He is an Associate Editor of the journal Indoor Air, and on the Editorial Board of the journal Building Research and Information. He served as Vice-President (1997-2000) of the International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate and was founding chairman (1984-present) of ASTM Subcommittee D22.05 on Indoor Air. He was the founding editor of the newsletter Indoor Air Quality Update and the founding editor and publisher of the newsletter Indoor Air Bulletin. In all, he has published more than 3,000 pages including journal articles, book chapters, conference papers, and newsletter issues.

Mr. Levin, a Fellow of the International Academy of Indoor Air Sciences, was chosen by the Academy to serve as President of the 9th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality and Climate, “Indoor Air 2002,” held in Monterey, California. He now serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Indoor Air Institute, a non-profit formed to organize workshops on emerging indoor air science and its implementation in buildings.

His most recent international project concerned Children’s Health and the Environment performed for the European Regional Office for Health of the World Health Organization and the Universities of British Columbia and Alberta in Canada. He has consulted extensively to government agencies in the United States as well as to agencies in Denmark, Canada, and Australia among others. He has lectured extensively in North America, as well as in Europe, Japan, China, and Australia.

Other members of the Building Ecology Research Group provide research and support services on a range of projects from bibliographic and literature review to consultation on building design or sustainable building assessment methods and tools.


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