Masih Alavy



Sessional Instructor at University of Toronto (CIV380: Sustainable Energy Systems), and Part-time instructor at Seneca College (HVAC)

Research Interests

My research and main areas of expertise focus on sustainable and healthy buildings, ventilation, building energy simulation, and design of alternative energy system. In my PhD, I particularly focus on further development of a novel approach to measure ventilation rates in building using signal processing approaches. I too focus on residential indoor air quality improvements.


Filtration Performance
Signal Processing and Ventilation
Residential HVAC Systems


Collins D, Hems R, Zhou S, Alavy M, Siegel J, Abbatt J. 2018. Evidence for Gas-Surface Equilibrium Control of Indoor Nitrous Acid. Environmental Science & Technology, 52, 12419-12427.DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.8b04512. Summary
Alavy M, Siegel JA. 2019. IAQ and Energy Implications of High Efficiency Filters in Residential Buildings: A Review (RP-1649). Science and Technology for the Built Environment, 25, 261-271. DOI: 10.1080/23744731.2018.1526012. Available open access. Summary
Alavy M, Li T, Siegel JA. Exploration of a long-term measurement approach for air exchange rate. Building and Environment, 144, 474-481. DOI: 10.1016/j.buildenv.2018.08.051. Summary

Alavy M, Li T, Siegel, JA. (2018) Long-term Air Exchange Rates in a Residence. Indoor Air 2018: Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Indoor Air and Climate, Paper 751.
Alavy M, Li T, Mahdavi A, Siegel, JA. (2018) In-situ Integrated Filter Efficiency Measurement. ASHRAE Conference Paper HO-18-C012.
Alavy M, Siegel J. 2016. In-situ integrated HVAC filter efficiency. Indoor Air 2016: Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Indoor Air and Climate, Paper 1033.


  • ASHRAE Graduate Student Grant-in-aid
  • Eleanor Cate Allen Fellowship

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