In an effort to connect our presenters with the participants, WFI is launching a series of posts to reveal what you can expect at our conference. In this issue, we are very proud to present Mr. Joe Gorman and his topic at WFI 2020.
Joe Gorman, Comfort Air Product Manager – Camfil USA
Starting in 2005, Joe Gorman has worked in numerous roles at Camfil USA with a primary focus in product development as well as the application specialist for data centers, indoor firing ranges, transportation, health care and livestock enclosures where protecting animals against airborne viruses has been practiced for over 12 years. Joe has several patents around air filtration design and sealing mechanisms which are used in a wide array of industrial applications today. Joe received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and his Master of Business Administration Degree from Steven’s Institute of Technology.
Abstract of Mr. Gorman Presentation
How the onset of the Coronavirus Pandemic has forever influenced the air filtration industry
On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization announced publicly that COVID-19 disease was officially a global pandemic. During the proceeding months, and as COVID-19 cases grew across the globe, a lot of speculation grew around the path of transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. To this day, there is still debate around the primary path of transmission, even though there are numerous studies and research professionals who suggest the virus can in fact be transmitted through the air. In May of 2020, through the advice of ASHRAE, the Center for Disease Control announced publicly that the recommended filtration efficiency for public HVAC systems should be a minimum of MERV 13 in order to provide a safe environment. This announcement sparked an unprecedented demand for high-efficiency air filters without the preparedness of the air filtration industry, the nonwoven media suppliers and the facility engineers who were blind-sided by the HVAC system changes that would need to be made. Now that the general population is aware that high-efficiency air filtration is crucial to the overall health of the building occupants, the air filtration industry as a whole will forever be driven towards delivering high-performance air filters to the market.