indoor air quality standard Articles

  • Dealing with Indoor Air Quality Issues

     According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) journal, the average American spends about ninety percent of their time indoors. This is why the chances are overwhelming that most of the air you breathe either has entered via your building's ventilation system... or filtered in through doors, windows, or porous wall materials. Along the way, the air might have picked up any number ...


  • Vapor intrusion and indoor air quality due diligence during property transactions

    Vapor intrusion (i.e. the migration of volatile chemicals from contaminated soil and/or ground water through the subsurface into overlying building structures) as a contributing indoor air has become a growing concern for property owners and prospective purchasers in recent years as it can cause significant indoor air quality problems. This is largely due to the increased focus on this issue by ...

  • How to Get Higher Acceptable Indoor Air Quality Anywhere

    The quality of the indoor air we breathe is a concern for everyone, especially those in urban environments where contaminant and particle levels are higher due to nearly constant exposure to things like automobile and truck exhausts, construction, and fumigation. Unfortunately for most people, when it comes to the quality of the air in the buildings where they spend most of their time, ...


    By Camfil Ltd

  • How to Achieve Good Indoor Air Quality in Operating Rooms

    There are two primary objectives in achieving acceptable air quality in the operating room: (1) control of anesthetic gases for the benefit of operating room staff, and (2) infection control for the benefit of the patient. Control of Anesthetic Gases Supply and scavenging systems, as well as general ventilation in the OR, must be functioning optimally for the surgical ...


    By Atlantic Environmental, Inc.

  • Indoor Cats Improve Quality of Exhaust Emissions

    For over two decades, the automotive industry has struggled to keep up with emission standards by installing emission control systems that are increasingly more sophisticated and expensive.  In the meantime, emission control for materials handling equipment has not been a major concern. Without having to meet stringent ...


    By DCL International Inc.

  • US Regulation of Wood-burning and Indoor Air Pollution

    Recently, the US EPA released their final proposal to update the new source performance standards (NSPS) for new woodstoves and heaters, and to add NSPS for the first time for pellet stoves, furnaces, hydronic heaters, and masonry heaters.   The measures, if approved, would take effect in 2015.  The report states, "Emissions from wood stoves occur near ground level in residential ...


    By Environics, Inc.

  • Wireless monitoring for a safe indoor environment

    This article discusses the benefits of wireless technology for continously monitoring the indoor environment. In striving for the construction of energy efficient and cost-effective buildings, the imperative issue of the buildings Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) is often overlooked. This can often lead to a unhealthy indoor environment and even to conditions such as Sick Building Syndrome (SBS) or other ...


    By PPM Technology

  • Ambient Air Quality in India - An Alarming Report

    Are we mortgage India against air pollution? The answer may be “Yes”. The reason is India has witnessed a phenomenal increase in the number of industries and vehicles in the last decade, along with the mushrooming of cities. As a consequence, there has been a dramatic deterioration in the quality of urban air in most regions of the country particularly in big cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkatta ...


  • From air conditioning to urban planning, defaults and standards create dysfunction by design

    How can we stop outdated assumptions from forcing us to waste? Personal heaters are a summer survival tool for many office workers chilled to the bone by hyperactive ventilation systems — an act of self-defense against an epidemic of overcooling that is wasting energy and confounding comfort in not only offices but also large shops, schools and other buildings. An audit ...


    By Ensia

  • Minimising Risks to Air Quality and Regulatory Compliance With Total Filter Management

    It has been shown in recent studies that as much as 25% of the total site operating budget (excluding raw material costs) for a typical medium-large dosage-form manufacturing facility will be spent on compliance measures for internal quality systems and external regulatory activities. (1) Market realities indicate that the pharmaceutical companies will need to address the overall cost of ...


    By GVS Filter Technology

  • Outdoor/Indoor/Personal Ozone Exposures of Children in Nashville, Tennessee

    An ozone (O3) exposure study was conducted in Nashville, TN, using passive O3 samplers to measure six weekly outdoor, indoor, and personal O3 exposure estimates for a group of 10- to 12-yr-old elementary school children. Thirty-six children from two Nashville area communities (Inglewood and Hendersonville) participated in the O3 sampling program, and 99 children provided additional timeactivity ...


    By Ogawa & Company, USA, Inc.

  • Warehouse Optimization: Balancing Equipment Performance and Worker Safety Through Emissions Measurements and Air Quality Monitoring

    Successful warehouse functionality is dependent on both maximizing equipment performance and providing a safe and healthy environment for workers that encourages productivity. However, these two factors are often at odds with each other as warehouse equipment such as forklifts, burnishers and delivery trucks emit toxic gases that can have the potential to create poor indoor air quality which ...

  • Measurements and Standards to Support Increased Energy Efficiency and Reduced Environmental Impact

    “The world is facing twin energy-related threats: that of not having adequate and secure supplies of energy at affordable prices and that of environmental harm caused by consuming too much of it.” Daniel Hecker, economist, Bureau of Labor Statistics, July 2005 Buildings in the U.S. consume 72 percent of all electrical energy produced in this country. Emissions associated with ...

  • ASHRAE Standard 188P: Prevention of Legionellosis Associated with Building Water Systems

    For Presentation at the AWT 2011 Convention and Exposition  The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) has developed a proposed Standard Practice that specifies what is required to prevent legionellosis associated with building water systems. Standard 188P is a “Practices” standard – not a “Design” or ...


    By Phigenics, LLC

  • A Look at the Impact of Proposed Water Standard to Prevent Legionnaires` Disease

    From the standpoint of water treatment industry experts, failure to prevent legionellosis (or Legionnaires’ Disease) is the most significant water treatment problem today. Essentially every case of the disease is the result of exposure to inadequately managed building watersystems, and both utility and potable water systems can be the source of the hazard (i.e., Legionella bacteria). In ...


    By Phigenics, LLC

  • Technical brief - FR standards for weather protection & containment enclosures

    Introduction The worldwide market for temporary enclosures has steadily increased over the last two decades as facility owners, engineers and contractors recognise the safety benefits and cost-effectiveness of installing temporary enclosures. Apart from minimising weather-induced delays to a project, scaffold sheeting enhances site safety by preventing debris and small objects from falling ...

  • Thermal comfort study of air-conditioned university laboratories

    In tertiary education institutions, good indoor air quality (IAQ) provides a conducive environment for teaching and learning activities. A field study on the environmental conditions and occupants’ comfort was carried out in six laboratories at Universiti Sains Malaysia. The study evaluates the current thermal comfort conditions using objective measurement and subjective assessment. The measured ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • How air pollution affects office workers—and the economy

    FOR anyone who has tried jogging through smog, the physically sapping impacts of air pollution should come as no surprise. But pollution doesn’t just slow down runners, it hampers workers too. Research by Tom Chang of the University of Southern California and colleagues found that pear packers working indoors were slowed by air pollution even at levels well below current air-quality ...


    By Camfil Ltd

  • Air Pollution Is Making Office Workers Less Productive

    Businesses invest a great deal of time and money in interventions that claim to increase workers’ productivity through on-the-job training, new protocols, advice from consultants, and so on. Recent research suggests that there’s a surprising input into productivity that no one ever thinks about: clean air. We all know that air pollution is bad for our health, and researchers ...


    By Camfil Ltd

  • EPA SUPPORT EXPANDS ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION FOUNDATION MOLD & IAQ TRAINING AND COMMUNICATES A NEW SET OF STANDARDS TO MEDIATE THE MOLD CRISIS

    IAQ/Mold Professionals, Real Estate, Insurance and Financial Industries Reduces Risks from Mold and IAQ Exposure Insurance Carriers and Lenders Back New Mold/IAQ Standards Lack of Standards Now a “Non-Issue” as Industries Unite and Agree No one likes to talk about mold, yet it has quickly become a multibillion-dollar problem for mortgage banking companies, insurance companies, ...

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