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Indoor Environmental Quality Research Roadmap 2012-2030: Energy Related Priorities - Report Available

This report is an update and expansion of the 2002 report, Energy –Related Indoor Environmental Quality Research.

Levin, Hal; Thomas Phillips. (Building Ecology Research Group). 2011. Indoor Environmental Quality: Research Roadmap 2012-2030: Energy-Related Priorities. California Energy Commission. Publication number: CEC-500-2015-012

ABSTRACT This report is an update and expansion of the 2002 report, Energy –Related Indoor Environmental Quality Research: A Priority Agenda. It serves two purposes: (1) to summarize lessons learned since 2002, when the first indoor environmental quality research roadmap was completed, and (2) to identify indoor environmental quality research needs specifically related to the state’s policy to achieve net zero energy in new building construction and retrofitting of existing buildings during the next two decades. The report describes future scenarios and emerging trends affecting energy efficiency and indoor environmental quality, and indoor environmental quality links to energy efficiency. Consultation with experts assisted in identifying future scenarios, as well as identifying and prioritizing research needs for residential and commercial buildings. Major research needs are identified under seven topics: Sources in Low-Energy Buildings; Ventilation; Operation and Maintenance; Thermal Conditioning; Air Cleaning; Tools, Methods, and Sensors; and Cross-cutting. Several high-priority research needs were identified, including the short-term need to increase understanding of human behavior, and sources of moisture and of indoor pollutants such as particles. High-priority needs over the long-term include (1) life-cycle assessments of both indoor environmental quality and energy, and (2) increased data on exposure and health effects. To help meet these needs, research and development on indoor environmental quality and energy efficiency should be integrated with state agency and utility programs for building energy efficiency.

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