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…

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

AIVC launches new Technical Note on residential ventilation and health

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The Air Infiltration and Ventilation Centre’s new Technical Note 68 “Residential Ventilation and Health” is now available.

This Technical Note summarises studies that prioritise pollutants in the indoor environment and presents a summary of pollutants driving the health risks indoors and their sources. It also describes methods to reduce exposures of contaminants using different control strategies with a special emphasis on the role of ventilation.

TN68 is freely available for registered users to AIRBASE service. Click here to download the publication: http://www.aivc.org/resource/tn-68-residential-ventilation-and-health

Conditions for on-line access to AIVC publications are explained here

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Synergist® Article Describes Development of IAQ Body of Knowledge

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An article published in the February 2016 issue of The Synergist, the magazine of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), explains how volunteers from AIHA and the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA) attempted to define the minimum qualifications an IAQ professional must possess to be an effective practitioner. The result of this work was the IAQ Body of Knowledge, a 12-page list of skills and abilities related to contaminants, health effects, building systems, assessments, mitigation, and proactive approaches to IAQ. The AIHA and IAQA boards of directors approved the Body of Knowledge in July 2015.

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IAQ 2016 Conference in Alexandria, VA, USA

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The IAQ 2016 conference: “Defining Indoor Air Quality: Policy, Standards and Best Practices” will be held in Alexandria, VA, USA on September 12-14, 2016. The IAQ 2016 Conference also marks ASHRAE’s 18th IAQ conference and AIVC’s 37th annual Conference. This joint conference will provide a unique opportunity for dialog among attendees to facilitate understanding of current indoor air quality policies, standards and best practices with themes such as regulatory vs. voluntary compliance for achieving Indoor Air Quality (IAQ), the role of IAQ in sustainable building programs and the relationship between IAQ and Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ), etc.

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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