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

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Indoor Environmental Quality: Research Roadmap 2012–2030: Energy-Related Priorities is the final report for the Indoor Environmental Quality Research Roadmap project 500-02-026, work authorization number MR-026 conducted by University of California at Riverside. The information from this project contributes to PIER’s Energy-Related Environmental Research Program.

Prepared by Hal Levin and Thomas J. Phillips, 2013

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 more existing buildings during the next two decades. The report describes future scenarios and emerging trends affecting energy efficiency and indoor environmental quality, as well as indoor environmental quality linkages to energy efficiency. Consultation with experts assisted in the identification of future scenarios, as well as the identification and prioritization of research needs for residential and commercial buildings. Major research needs are identified under seven topics: Sources; 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 our 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.