Mission of the IEQ Global Alliance

The mission of IEQ-GA is to provide an acceptable indoor environmental quality (thermal environment-indoor air quality-lighting-acoustic) to occupants in buildings and places of work around the world and to make sure the knowledge from research on IEQ get to be implemented in practice. >> Read more…

“After the Fire”. Synergist Article Discusses Potential Risks of Wildfire Residues in the Indoor Environment

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A new article in the August 2016 issue of The Synergist addresses the potential human health effects of wildfire smoke and residues. The article illustrates some of the uncertainties that must be addressed when evaluating human health risk from wildfire residuals, including the composition of the wildfire smoke inside a home; concentration of chemical constituents in the smoke; fate and transport of persistent wildfire residual chemicals in the interior environment; and the effects of ventilation and housekeeping practices on contaminant deposition and removal rates.  The Synergist is the monthly magazine of the American Industrial Hygiene Association.

>> Read more from The Synergist

REHVA policy paper on EPBD review

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A new REHVA President and Board elected during the General Assembly in Aalborg released its first position paper on  the upcoming review of the Energy Performance of Building Directive (EPBD). 

The position paper focuses on addressing indoor environment quality in the reviewed EPBD and on how to ensure better implementation and compliance with the Directive and the EPBD standards in the member  states.

>> Download the REHVA position paper on the EPBD review here.

IEA-EBC approves 5-year extension period for AIVC (2017 – 2021)

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On June 9, 2016 the executive committee of the International Energy Agency (IEA) Technical Collaboration Programme Buildings and Communities (EBC TCP), previously called the implementing agreement on Buildings and Communities, approved a 5-year extension period for the Air Infiltration and Ventilation Centre (AIVC) from 2017 till 2021.

During this new period, no radical changes in the overall operation of the AIVC is foreseen but, there will be an evolution in the priorities for the AIVC.

8 specific topics of interest have been identified, i.e.:

Ventilation and airtightness in relation to:

  1. … near zero energy buildings
  2. … real performances
  3. … regulations and standards
  4. … healthy buildings
  5. … retrofitting
  6. … rating tools and indicators
  7. … adoption of new technologies
  8. … reduction of exposure

When identifying new projects, specific attention will be given to synergies with running EBC annexes and avoiding overlaps.

>> Read more here

The impacts of climate change on human health in the United States – A Scientific Assessment

This new report, released by the US Global Change Research Program, provides a comprehensive, evidence-based, and quantitative estimation of observed and projected climate change related health impacts in the United States. Chapter 3 of the report specifically focuses on Air Quality Impacts.

“Changes in the climate affect the air we breathe, both indoors and outdoors. The changing climate has modified weather patterns, which in turn have influenced the levels and location of outdoor air pollutants such as ground-level ozone (O3) and fine particulate matter. Increasing carbon dioxide (CO2) levels also promote the growth of plants that release airborne allergens (aeroallergens). Finally, these changes to outdoor air quality and aeroallergens also affect indoor air quality as both pollutants and aeroallergens infiltrate homes, schools, and other buildings. Poor air quality, whether outdoors or indoors, can negatively affect the human respiratory and cardiovascular systems. Higher pollen concentrations and longer pollen seasons can increase allergic sensitization and asthma episodes and thereby limit productivity at work and school”

>> Visit the US Global Change Research Program to download the publication here

Indoor Environmental Quality Global Alliance first sessions at the June 2015 ASHRAE Annual conference

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The Indoor Environmental Quality Global alliance organised its first sessions at the June 2015 ASHRAE Annual conference. The sessions present a holistic approach to indoor environmental quality and give information on different societies’ activities to improve the indoor environment. To access the presentations and audio files of the sessions follow the links provided:

This presentation was made at the ASHRAE 2015 Annual Conference, Atlanta, Ga.   Copyright 2015 ASHRAE.  Posted by permission at http://ieq-ga.net .  Additional distribution is not permitted without permission of ASHRAE at www.ashrae.org.  To purchase this presentation with audio visit: http://www.techstreet.com/ashrae/products/1899131

This presentation was made at the ASHRAE 2015 Annual Conference, Atlanta, Ga.   Copyright 2015 ASHRAE.  Posted by permission at http://ieq-ga.net .  Additional distribution is not permitted without permission of ASHRAE at www.ashrae.org.  To purchase this presentation with audio visit: http://www.techstreet.com/ashrae/products/1899132