The Perks of a Canceled Vacation Mexico

THEY ARE OFF THE TABLE, BUT I’M STILL HARD AT WORK!

In an ideal world, I wouldn’t be writing this article. It isn’t that I don’t want to stay in touch with you — believe me, I do — but I have some disappointing news. Do you remember back in the January edition when I wrote about the vacation my wife Kaye and I were planning to take to Mexico? Well, it didn’t happen.


The 4 Friendly Giants of IAQ

MEET THE PEOPLE WHO CHANGED MY WORK FOR BETTER

Indoor air quality (IAQ) is a niche industry, but just like basketball, cooking, and app development, we have our own celebrities! These giants of the field aren’t household names like LeBron James or Gordon Ramsey, but maybe they should be.


How to DIY Like a Pro

THE HOME AIR FILTER HACK YOU NEED FOR NEXT FIRE SEASON

Last summer, my daughter, Monica, called me in a panic from her home in Napa, California. Wildfires were raging through the state, and she was struggling with smoke entering her house. For the first three weeks, the wind had been on her side, but after that, it was funneling dirty air directly into her community.


My 2021 Travel Itinerary

HERE’S TO LEARNING, RELAXING, AND RECHARGING!

For almost a year, apart from the trip to Wisconsin that I detailed in last month’s newsletter, my wife, Kaye, and I have stayed home to reduce our exposure to COVID-19. I know that it was the safe thing to do, but with luck, that isolation will change in 2021!


All I Want for Christmas Is … a Stocking…

LOOKING BACK ON OUR FAMILY HOLIDAYS

Most couples bicker over things like money, politics, and where to go on their next vacation, but my wife Kaye and I butt heads about something else entirely: Christmas.


An Invisible Threat

HOW TO BATTLE LEGIONELLA IN LOW-OCCUPANCY BUILDINGS

This fall, I’ve spent a lot of my working hours inside of lonely buildings. In the last week, I visited six different buildings in South Texas with startling low occupancy rates. One of them normally had 1,500 people on site but was down to just 25 occupants because of the pandemic.


Is Your Building Safe Against COVID-19?

OR IS IS AN OUTBREAK WAITING TO HAPPEN? 

The indoor air quality consulting business was pretty slow this summer, mainly because most office buildings have been empty. As things start to reopen, many building owners are looking for ways to protect their tenants when they return to their buildings.


53,540 Degrees Fahrenheit

THE PERFECT STORE

Early this summer, I went through one of the strangest experiences of my life. This may be a weird
statement, considering that we have spent this year grappling with a pandemic. But if 2020 has taught
us anything, it’s that we never know what’s around the corner. There’s always something unexpected
waiting to throw a wrench in our plans —


Smoke, Mirrors, and COVID-19

3 QUESTIONS BUILDING MANAGERS NEED TO BE ASKING

The first half of 2020 brought us some strange and uncertain months. When I look back at our
cruise in February, I’m amazed at the timing. It was just weeks before the COVID-19 virus
became a pandemic. Things have been difficult, and I certainly hope this letter finds you and
your family well. 


A Bunch of Honey

WHEN PSEUDOSCIENCE COMES FOR MYCOTOXINS 

Have you ever walked out of a meeting or a presentation thinking, “What a bunch of hooey!”That’s how quite a few of my colleagues felt —not once, but twice! — after attending presentations on mycotoxins at this year’s Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA) Annual Meeting & Expo. Organizers of this event aim to allow only the best people in their respective fields to present, but sometimes things fall short.