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US EPA/NCER Grant Announcement: Indoor Air and Climate Change

EPA announces an extramural funding competition designed to support research that improves understanding of how climate change affects human health through indoor air quality as adapted by building designs and uses.

Title: Indoor Air and Climate Change
 
URL: http://www.epa.gov/ncer/rfa/2014/2014_star_indoor_air.html
 
Open Date: 10/23/2013  -  Close Date: 01/23/2014

Proposals should explore the relationship linking health effects to combinations of building and climate characteristics. A priority is the evaluation of existing guidelines for building system design or for weatherization to adapt buildings to a changing climate, against empirical evidence of health effects related to ventilation, or at least against ventilation models and findings.
 
In addition, applicants may choose to address one or both of the following optional research areas:
 
-   Characterization of behavioral modifications and changes in population time-activity patterns in response to changing climate conditions that would result in altered exposures to existing or anticipated agents, in both indoor and outdoor environments. Changes in the use of buildings are especially of interest, such as patterns of use of natural (e.g. windows) vs. mechanical ventilation, or use of air conditioning.
 
-    Extension of existing building ventilation models to consider multiple building types and newer, more energy efficient designs (e.g. LEED, Net Zero), or evaluation of existing models of building ventilation using independent data sets. In either case, it is crucial to   understand how these models would perform when buildings operate under future climate scenarios that differ from their design tolerance.
 
It is important that proposed research in any of the above areas be developed with explicit consideration of populations at risk (vulnerable or susceptible).
 
This research is being conducted under EPA's Air, Climate, and Energy Research program (ACE). ACE work has contributed to major risk assessments, generated new and innovative technology as well as offered new solutions to continue to improve and protect air quality and the environment as a whole. The ACE program continues to work diligently to prevent disease and health problems directly linked to poor air quality and pollution, as well as studying and creating climate adaptation strategies.



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