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Southern California Air Quality Management District Adopts Rule to Substantially Reduce VOC Emissions From Paint Thinners and Consumer Products
The Agency's rule will significantly reduce VOC emissions from paints used indoors. This is the first rule in the U.S. intended to reduce smog-forming ingredients in consumer paint thinner, and will have substantial benefits for IAQ.
EPA response to the GAO Mold report posted
The audio portion of the February 18th CIAQ meeting discussion on implementing the GAO Mold Report's recommendations has been posted to the CIAQ website.
IAQ Scientific Findings Resource Bank Web Site
This Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Scientific Findings Resource Bank (IAQ-SFRB) is being developed by the Indoor Environment Department of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory with funding support from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency provided through an interagency agreement. The IAQ-SFRB serves as a resource for public health professionals, building professionals, and others who seek scientific information about the effects of IAQ on people's health or work performance.
Federal Research Agenda for Net-Zero Energy, High-Performance Green Buildings - includes goals on Water and Occupant Health and Productivity
The Office of Science and Technology Policy issued a research agenda report prepared by the National Science and Technology Council's Building Technology Research and Development Subcommittee in October 2008. The goals of this research agenda is "Develop the knowledge and associated energy efficiency technologies and practices needed to promote occupant health, comfort and productivity.
Yvo De Boer, Executive Secretary Of The UNFCCC, Arrives In A Solar-Powered Vehicle In Poznan
POZNAN, Poland (AP) -- The first solar-powered car to travel around the world has ended its journey, pulling up at a U.N. climate talks with the message that clean technologies are already available to stop global warming.
The Best Laid Schemes....
SOM has established a joint project with Renssalear Polytechnic called the Center for Architecture Science and Ecology (CASE) where students and Skidmore personnel collaborate on the development of advanced designs for more sustainable built environments. An admiral venture, but the November 14 New York Times article on CASE highlights a project that would create structures above a highway and clean the air with plants, a further extension of the attractive, even seductive myth that plants can effectively clean significant volumes of polluted air in reasonably useful time frames. The project would acquire ..."the air rights for an interstate highway in Washington, D.C. Might it be possible, if the highway is decked over, to construct “eco-chimneys” in which plant materials would help purify the exhaust air coming up from the tunnel-like underpass?" the Times article reports.
New Mailing List Called BLDG-RATE
Announcing a new mailing list called BLDG-RATE created to enable people to exchange questions and answers relating to building performance rating systems. The web site hosts the new BLDG-RATE mailing list which joins the existing BLDG-SIM, TRACE-users, eQUEST-users, and HAP-users mailing lists. The BLDG-SIM list has been helping users of building energy simulation software since 1999 and has over 1300 participants.
Meeting the 2030 Challenge Through Building Codes
Architecture 2030 has developed an interim system based on ‘code equivalents’, which are the additional reductions needed beyond the requirements of a particular code, standard or rating system to meet or exceed the initial 50% target of the 2030 Challenge. The paper also provides suggestions for ordinances that can be used to aid governments in amending their existing building code to incorporate these code equivalents.
Health Education Research: The pit and the pendulum: the impact on teen smokers of including a designated smoking area in school tobacco control policy
Thirty per cent of school districts in British Columbia do not ban smoking outright on school grounds, and in several instances, smoking is permitted in smoking pits, regardless of school district policy. While there is evidence to suggest that enforcing a tobacco-free environment for students does reduce adolescent smoking rates, the concomitant safety and discipline problems it creates for school staff and administration are demanding and complex, and may override concerns regarding student smoking. This study uses a qualitative approach to explore the meanings that students place on tobacco control policy and the impact that these meanings have on their own smoking behaviours. We found that students were surprised and concerned that smoking was permitted on school property and that it negatively impacted their own tobacco prevention/control/cessation attempts.
New Initiative Launched to Drive Energy Efficiency
The American Public Power Association (APPA) and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) announced today a joint initiative designed “to help American households and businesses take advantage of all cost-effective opportunities to improve the efficiency of electricity use.”
Carbon Emissions Calculators for Air Travel and for Buildings
The coolest calculator on the web is for air travel.
New Study Compares Green Building Rating Systems to AIA's Sustainability Goals
Report Examines Green Globes, LEED NC 2.2, and SBTool 07 in Relation to AIA Position Statement on Green Rating Systems.
Must read! IPCC issues strongest report yet on human contribution to climate change
The United Nations International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued its strongest report yet on November 17.

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