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Environmental Chemicals, the Human Microbiome, and Health Risk: A Research Strategy
Research indicates the important role that the human microbiome plays in human health and raises the question of whether some consideration needs to be incorporated into risk assessment. Risk assessment is a process that can be used to estimate the human health risk associated with exposure to an environmental chemical. Although risk assessment used in regulatory programs in the United States and globally has been reformed and advanced over the years, the core elements established in the 1980s hazard identification, dose–response assessment, exposure assessment, and risk characterization have remained the same. EPA has developed numerous guidelines for the conduct of risk assessment; the guidelines describe the optimal evaluation and use of data that often are inconsistent, and they indicate proper treatment of uncertainty in extrapolating results from animal or human studies of limited scope to policies designed to protect the general public.
WHO’s Programme on Household Indoor Air Pollution
To combat this substantial and growing burden of disease, WHO has developed a comprehensive programme to support developing countries.
Clean Air Crowdsourcing Competition
The Collaborative Clean Air Policy Centre invites fresh ideas from India’s university students on cleaning up air pollution in India. The winning team gets a chance to turn it into reality. CCAPC/TERI solicit novel ideas that propose ways to reduce the scale and impact of ambient air pollution in India. Innovative entries within or across the spectrum from technological, regulatory, and behavioral angles are encouraged. Entrants should consider the problem of ambient air pollution in any part of the country and from any source as well as the problems in Delhi.
Microbiome of the Built Environment: New Report and Webinar
From the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, Medicine - Microbiomes of the Built Environment: A Research Agenda for Indoor Microbiology, Human Health, and Buildings
DOE Invests $3.7 Million to Improve Efficiency of Nation's Homes
Projects Will Help Drive Innovation in Building Science for High Performance Building Envelope, Comfort, and Indoor Air Quality Systems, and Will Collect Indoor Air Quality Data in Real World Homes.
ISES Plenary Session Speakers Announced
The International Society of Exposure Science is pleased to host its 2017 Annual Meeting, “Integrating Exposure Science Across Diverse Communities,” at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center in Research Triangle Park, NC, October 15-19. Building on the theme of diversity, three visionary thinkers from the Research Triangle Area will open the meeting on Sunday, October 15 and speak about their vision for exposure science.
Call for Letters of Interest for Healthy Buildings 2019
The ISIAQ Board of Directors invites Letters of Interest to host the ISIAQ International Healthy Buildings 2019 Regional Conference.
Call for papers for Sustainability and digitalization
In this special feature, we aim to cover two megatrends and their interaction: sustainability and digitalization. The well-established concept of sustainability is confronted with a technological leap referred to as a ‘digital revolution’ that opens the chapter of the digital age we live in. We invite contributions advancing the intersection of sustainability and digitalization.
Find and Visualize Health Data
Health professionals often need to locate health statistics and data and to visualize that data in chart, graph, or map format. The following resources related to health data, statistics, and data visualization may be useful.
Call for Papers: MoBE 2017 Special Issue
We invite submissions of MoBE papers highlighting recent research and emerging hot topics along the theme of “MoBE Research to Applications” for our peer-reviewed MoBE special issue.
Mechanical Engineer Postdoctoral Fellow (Building Technology and Urban Systems)
Berkeley Lab’s Whole Building Systems Department (WBS) of the Building Technology and Urban Systems (BTUS) Division has an opening for a Mechanical Engineer Postdoctoral Fellow.
Better Buildings Launches Smart Energy Analytics Campaign to Help Commercial Buildings Achieve Greater Energy Efficiency
As part of Smart Cities Week, the White House recently announced a new Energy Department-led Smart Energy Analytics Campaign to encourage the use of cost-effective, energy-saving building analytics platforms – also known as energy management information systems technologies (EMIS) – in commercial buildings nationwide, and refine best practices.
Open source solution gives building owners freedom to choose equipment that fits their needs
Arlington County (Virginia), a Better Buildings Challenge partner, has already made significant progress cutting its energy use—it’s down 11% since 2009, putting them well on their way to their goal of 20% reduction by 2022. But they realized they could make an even bigger dent—and do it quicker—if they had a modular solution that could optimize energy usage among multiple building devices. That’s when John Morrill, Arlington County’s Energy Manager, discovered BEMOSS, or the Building Energy Management Open Source Software platform, an automated building control system.
ASHRAE Standard 214P, Standard for Determining and Expressing Building Energy Performance in a Rating Program
Provides a standardized approach for determining and expressing building energy performance in a rating program. The proposed standard is open for public comment from Aug. 5 until Sept. 19, 2016.
Energy Department Announces Publication of Better Buildings Energy Data Accelerator Resources Toolkit
The U.S. Department of Energy today announced the publication of a high-impact, informational resources toolkit through its Better Buildings Energy Data Accelerator developed in partnership with 18 cities and utilities across the nation. The Energy Data Access: Blueprint for Action Toolkit is a compilation of case studies, guidance and real-world best-practices adopted by cities and utilities to help building owners measure and track energy use, and benchmark the energy performance of their buildings.
EPA Issues Draft Risk Assessment for Chemical used in Spray Adhesives, Dry Cleaning and Degreasing
Today, the U. S. Environmental protection Agency (EPA) released for public comment and peer review a draft risk assessment for 1-Bromopropane (1-BP) used in spray adhesives, dry cleaning (including spot cleaners) applications, and degreasing uses.
New EPA Indoor Air Quality Guidelines for Multifamily Building Upgrades
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pleased to announce the release of new, voluntary guidance: Energy Savings Plus Health: Indoor Air Quality Guidelines for Multifamily Building Upgrades
Energy Department Announces Largest Energy Efficiency Standard in History
The U.S. Department of Energy recently announced historic new efficiency standards for commercial air conditioners and furnaces. Developed with industry, utilities, and environmental groups, these standards will save more energy than any other standard issued by the Department to date. Over the lifetime of the products, businesses will save $167 billion on their utility bills and carbon pollution will be reduced by 885 million metric tons.
ISES 2016 Deadline symposium proposals submission extended
Seeking Lighting and Indoor Air Quality Sensing Technologies from Small Businesses
The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Science plans to announce a funding opportunity on November 30, 2015, for the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs. Under this grant opportunity, DOE will seek applications for funding directed toward FY16 Phase I, Release 2 projects. Topics include "Energy Efficient Solid-State Lighting Luminaires, Products, and Systems" (topic 11a) and "Technologies for Sensing and Managing Indoor Air Quality in Buildings" (topic 11b), and can be found on pg. 42-46 of the PDF

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