Pre-Conference Workshops

Healthy Building Scorecard

Sunday, February 19, 2023 - 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM


Designed for both professionals and practitioners, this event is ideal for building operators, consulting engineers, HVAC and mechanical contractors, service providers, sustainability managers, facilities managers, restoration and remediation specialists, who are looking to improve the Indoor Air Quality in their buildings.

With over 20 years’ experience, IAQ Ventilation are technical specialists and technology providers for indoor air quality solutions. Working with leading industry experts and practitioners, IAQ Ventilation has developed The Healthy Buildings Scorecard to promote industry best practices in indoor air quality across residential, commercial, and industrial buildings. The scorecard is an evidence- based framework for measuring, monitoring, and certifying the building features that impact indoor air quality.

The Healthy Buildings Scorecard is a free, self-assessment tool that lets you quickly see what is working well for your building occupants and where improvements can be made. The benchmark ratings enable you to demonstrate best practice and can be used as a pathway to gaining local and international IAQ certifications such as NABERS or WELL.

We look forward to seeing you there! Numbers are limited, so please register as soon as you can to secure your seat.

Key topics:

International Trends in Indoor Air Quality, The Challenges and Opportunities
The Life Cycle of Air methodology
The Healthy Buildings Scorecard
Real life Case Studies – The Healthy Buildings Scorecard in Practice


  • Ivi Sims
  • Claire Bird


Waste Anesthetic Gasses: Exposure Monitoring & Leak Investigations

Sunday, February 19, 2023 - 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM


This workshop will cover the following topics:

1)a review the basics of halogenated anesthetic gasses,

2)discussion of regulatory guidance interpretation,

3)exposure assessment materials and methods,

4)equipment, systems & processes where leaks are most likely to occur and

5)lessons learned from the field.


  • Madeleine Rebullida
  • Michelle Rosales


Application of Specific Tools and Procedures for Effectively and Safely Including Occupants in the Home Assessments

Sunday, February 19, 2023 - 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM


Assessing occupant complaints in buildings, especially homes, is fraught with challenges and uncertainty because of the need for information beyond measuring temperature, humidity, CO2, moisture content, air pressures, building dimensions, and mold spores. The inclusion of specifics about the occupant’s experiences and needs raises the concerns of crossing into the forbidden area of medical issues and the need to avoid becoming entangled in their psychological dynamics. However, avoiding them unnecessarily eliminates important, sometimes critical, details for a successful environmental intervention. This full day workshop will introduce the principles of occupant inclusion, specific tools for obtaining that information, an applying it to both benefit the occupant and to protect the assessor. The information is derived from peer reviewed and published papers in the US and Europe by the School of Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Department of Family and Community Medicine, plus the presenter’s methods which have evolved since 1987. Each attendee will receive the set of three tools of the BREESI screening questionnaire, the QEESI evaluation form, the Exposure History form appropriate for any attending physician, plus the Complaint Equation and Personal Impact Rating tools by the presenter. The final exercise of the workshop will combine the above background into the development of an individualized Action Plan which the client will be able to execute.


  • Carl Grimes


ABRA Sponsored Pre-Conference Session 

OSHA HAZWOPER 24-hr Hands On Training

In order to receive certification attendees must attend all three(3) 8 hour days of sessions.

Thursday, Feb. 16th - Friday, Feb. 17th - Saturday, Feb. 18th 

8:00am - 5:00pm


Commons Conference Center

Balcones Room 1.108

2901 Read Granberry Trail

Austin, TX 78758


Transportation is the responsibility of the attendee. (Approximately 30 minutes by car)

Space is limited to 30 attendees.

Food and beverages will be served.


Day 1 – Thursday, February 16


Presenter –  John Guglielmo

The HAZWOPER will involve donning and doffing of SCBA and level A, overpacking of drums, and donning and doffing of level C.

Day 2 – Friday, February 17

Hazardous Waste Salmagundi

Presenter – Alan Lucas

In this course we will introduce and describe hazardous materials and hazardous waste designations for chemical, biological, radioactive, and facility or universal wastes.  We aim to provide management information related to the key points in the process cycle including generation, collection, storage, and disposal.

By the end of this learning module, you should be able to:

Identify and define common regulated wastes streams

List the applicable regulations that govern hazardous waste management

Apply practical techniques for managing regulated hazardous waste in service industry settings

Presenter- John Guglielmo

The basics of RCRA and DOT for the disposal and transportation of hazardous waste will be covered.

 Day 3  Saturday, February 18

Biological Recovery Site Risk Assessment - Full Scale Biohazard Response Exercise -  Instructors - Thomas Licker, B.S. , CEICR, CBRM,   Scott Vogel M.S. CBRM, CEICS, CEOP

The Bio Recovery Site Risk Assessment (BSRA) Exercise will provide hands-on training for Emergency Response Actions for Bio Recovery Incidents.   The course will start out with a 2-hour lecture to go over the basics

of the BSRA, why it was developed and how it will be implemented in the daily activities of the response team.   We will go over how to determine pathogen risks, precautions, notifications, and determination of project classification.   We will then split the group into teams and each team will be going through the four different project scenarios and employ the different mitigation strategies developed within the guideline. 


 Evaluation of risks associated with Bio Recovery Response Actions

 Determining protocols and scope for project classification

 Doffing and Donning Personal Protective Equipment for BSRA actions

 Mitigation of Cross-Contamination

 Knowing the limits of your team's capabilities. (Is this in our wheelhouse)