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New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), Empire State Division of Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR), New York City Department of Design and Construction (NYC-DDC)

Anna Dyson, Jason Vollen, Matt Gindlesparger, Jefferson Ellinger, Ahu Aydogan, Elizabeth Henaff, Phoebe Mankiewicz, Christina Ciardullo, Andreas Theodoridis, Peter Stark, Ted Nagi, Tyler Stout, Josh Draper, Mandi Pretorius, Paul Mankiewicz, Cynthia Collins, Divya Ravichandar, Alicia Walf, Ranjit Arpels-Josiah, Katrina Estacio, Rohit Chitale, Andrew Rosner, Paulo Pinheiro, John Erickson, Kristin Bennett, Beizhan Yan, Qiang Yang, Connor Pinson,  Naomi Keena, Mohamed Aly Etman, Marianne Nyman, Tessa Pocock

Growth Media Design (2021)

Growth Media Design Within Building-Integrated Green Infrastructure Impacts Indoor Air Bioremediation Performance and Carbon Dioxide Flux Through Water Availability and Plant Development Patterns

Phoebe Mankiewicz, Aleca Borsuk, Christina Ciardullo, Elizabeth Hénaff + Anna Dyson (In preparation 2021)

Submitted to ASHRAE Journal (2021)

Indoor Environmental Parameters: Considering Measures of Microbial Ecology in the Characterization of Indoor Air Quality

Phoebe Mankiewicz, Christina Ciardullo, Andreas Theodoridis, Elizabeth Hénaff + Anna Dyson (In review 2021).

Proceedings of Healthy Buildings America (2015)

From a Lab Scale to the Building Scale: Formaldehyde Removal by a Plant Module.

Ahu Aydogan, Anna Dyson + Lupita Montoya (2015)

Proceedings of American Association for Aerosol Research 34th Annual Conference (2015)

Physical and Biological Characterization of Porous Media for VOC Removal

Anne Wrobetz, Ahu Aydogan + Lupita Montoya (2015)

Proceedings of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Annual Meeting, 32d (2013)

Building-Integrated Active Modular Phytoremediation System

Anna Dyson, Ahu Aydogan, Jason Vollen, Marianne Nyman + Jeffrey Bird (2013)

Atmospheric Environment 45 (16): 2675-82 (2011)

Ahu Aydogan + Lupita D. Montoya (2011)

Industry: Skidmore Owings & Merrill (SOM LLP), Fresh Air Building Systems (FABS LLP), Jaros Baum & Bolles (JB&B)


Academic/National Labs: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

team

Anna Dyson, Jason Vollen, Matt Gindlesparger, Jefferson Ellinger, Ahu Aydogan, Elizabeth Henaff, Phoebe Mankiewicz, Christina Ciardullo, Andreas Theodoridis, Peter Stark, Ted Nagi, Tyler Stout, Josh Draper, Mandi Pretorius, Paul Mankiewicz, Cynthia Collins, Divya Ravichandar, Alicia Walf, Ranjit Arpels-Josiah, Katrina Estacio, Rohit Chitale, Andrew Rosner, Paulo Pinheiro, John Erickson, Kristin Bennett, Beizhan Yan, Qiang Yang, Connor Pinson,  Naomi Keena, Mohamed Aly Etman, Marianne Nyman, Tessa Pocock

sponsors

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), Empire State Division of Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR), New York City Department of Design and Construction (NYC-DDC)

collaborators

Industry: Skidmore Owings & Merrill (SOM LLP), Fresh Air Building Systems (FABS LLP), Jaros Baum & Bolles (JB&B)


Academic/National Labs: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Phoebe Mankiewicz, Aleca Borsuk, Christina Ciardullo, Elizabeth Hénaff + Anna Dyson (In preparation 2021)

Growth Media Design (2021)

Growth Media Design Within Building-Integrated Green Infrastructure Impacts Indoor Air Bioremediation Performance and Carbon Dioxide Flux Through Water Availability and Plant Development Patterns

Phoebe Mankiewicz, Christina Ciardullo, Andreas Theodoridis, Elizabeth Hénaff + Anna Dyson (In review 2021).

Submitted to ASHRAE Journal (2021)

Indoor Environmental Parameters: Considering Measures of Microbial Ecology in the Characterization of Indoor Air Quality

Ahu Aydogan, Anna Dyson + Lupita Montoya (2015)

Proceedings of Healthy Buildings America (2015)

From a Lab Scale to the Building Scale: Formaldehyde Removal by a Plant Module.

Anne Wrobetz, Ahu Aydogan + Lupita Montoya (2015)

Proceedings of American Association for Aerosol Research 34th Annual Conference (2015)

Physical and Biological Characterization of Porous Media for VOC Removal

Anna Dyson, Ahu Aydogan, Jason Vollen, Marianne Nyman + Jeffrey Bird (2013)

Proceedings of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Annual Meeting, 32d (2013)

Building-Integrated Active Modular Phytoremediation System

Ahu Aydogan + Lupita D. Montoya (2011)

Atmospheric Environment 45 (16): 2675-82 (2011)

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In 2018, the WHO designated air quality as the top public health concern globally, a pervasive challenge that transcends geographic and demographic sectors. Within cities, urbanization has led to a multitude of environmental and systemic factors that degrade both indoor and outdoor air quality, thereby adversely impacting building energy use, and human health and wellbeing. In addition to toxic pollutants from multiple sources the impact of urban development patterns on biodiversity and and potential effects on human health and wellbeing, is rapidly emerging as an area of scientific interest.


The compromised air we breathe is both a product of our reliance on combustion technologies for almost everything we do and make, as well as as reflecting the inability of most contemporary societies to live in concert with the natural rhythms of their surrounding ecosystems. Strategies for integrating large scale plant-based air handling systems into buildings are showing early promise to address air quality and related energy use and may be able to address identified challenges in built environment microbiome while offering a range of other environmental, material life cycle and energy benefits associated with an increase in urban vegetation.


However, the complexity of interactions between living systems and environmental control systems is such that there remain substantial gaps in the knowledge, thus continuing to impede both the value characterization and implementation of these systems.

Bioremediation is a process through which the integration of plant-based systems and their growing media treat environmental problems by removing, degrading or metabolizing toxins from the air, water, and soil, thereby rendering them harmless. Phytoremediation (Plant based-bioremediation) is a quickly evolving area of research investigating nature-based solutions to increase biodiversity and human health and well-being at many scales in urban contexts.

Life is enhanced by biodiversity.

How can we foster a new symbiotic relationship with other living organisms through design?

biotic

Renewable bio-based circular material economies in timber, post-agricultural by-products and plant-based bioremediation

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biotic

PLANT BIODIVERSITY,

NUTRITION + REMEDIATION

OF AIR/WATER

Yale CEA harnesses native plant-based materials and chemistry towards onsite purification of air and water.

Image: Active Modular Phytoremediation Systems (AMPS) Small Scale Installation

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