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EPA Releases Draft Formaldehyde Assessment Report for Peer Review and Public Comment
WASHINGTON – On June 2, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will release for independent peer review and public comment a draft human health assessment for formaldehyde that focuses on evaluating the potential toxicity of inhalation exposures to this chemical. Formaldehyde is widely used and can be found in many consumer products.
Preliminary Call for Abstracts for Indoor Air 2011
It is time to start thinking about what research you might want to present, or what other presentations you might want to make. Indoor Air 2011 will be the 12th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality and Climate.
ASHRAE Guideline Addresses Interactions Affecting Indoor Environmental Quality
ATLANTA – A proposed guideline, currently out for public comment, would provide guidance on achieving good indoor environments by considering the interactions of air quality and thermal conditions as well as lighting and acoustics.
Chinese drywall - Is it a problem in your home?
Due to heavy media coverage of a recent press release from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), and a federal court decision this past week, there is a surge of concern about potentially harmful drywall -- also known as gypsum board, gypsum wallboard, and the trade name, Sheetrock™.
2nd Public Review of ASHRAE Guideline 10P, Interactions Affecting the Achievement of Acceptable Indoor Environments
Proposed Guideline 10 looks at four of the primary goals of an acceptable indoor environment—good air quality, thermal comfort, good lighting, and good acoustics—and examines the various interactions that can occur when trying to achieve the larger goal of an acceptable indoor environment.
Weschler on human skin interactions with indoor air
Watch Charles Weschler describe the importance of human skin in the polluting the spaces we occupy in his recent lecture, now available on YouTube.
Publication - Recognition, Evaluation and Control of Indoor Mold
Recognition, Evaluation, and Control of Indoor Mold provides the most current and comprehensive discussion on the basic practice of identifying mold damage, the evaluation of the samples that are collected, and the process of remediation.
Publication - WHO Guidelines for Indoor Air Quality: Dampness and Mould
WHO published its first guidelines on indoor air quality, addressing dampness and mould. They are the result of a rigorous, two-year review of the currently available science by 36 leading experts worldwide, coordinated by the WHO Regional Office for Europe.
Final Report on Ventilation and Indoor Air Quality in New Homes
Researchers have completed a multi-season study of ventilation and indoor air quality in 108 new homes in California. ARB and the California Energy Commission sponsored the study, which was conducted by a team led by Indoor Environmental Engineering.
U.S. National Academy of Science will study Climate Change and Public Health
The National Academy of Science through its Institute of medicine will conduct a consensus study on the Effect of Climate Change on Indoor Air Quality and Public Health.
ASHRAE IAQ Guide Summary is Available
You can download the Indoor Air Quality Guide Summary Guidance for Free
New Building Ecology web site
This is the new BuildingEcology.com web site
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.
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 onebuilding.org 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.

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