Indoor air quality, or IAQ, refers to the air quality within and around buildings, especially as it related to the health and comfort of building occupants. Understanding and controlling common pollutants indoors can help reduce the risk of indoor health concerns. Health effects from indoor air pollutants may be experienced soon after exposure or possibly even years later. Smelly or stuffy air, dirty central heating and cooling equipment, and mold can all point to IAQ issues in the building. Adequate ventilation is essential to obtaining a high standard of indoor air quality, and should be of utmost concern for every building’s project team.
Indoor Air Quality: Post-Occupancy
This course provides an in-depth look at the issues and strategies associated with preserving and maintaining indoor air quality after building occupancy. Included are discussions of how design decisions made prior to occupancy, as well as practices instituted once a building is operational, can affect occupant health, productivity and attitudes. Strategies to prevent contamination will be discussed, and the course will focus on LEED credits from the BD+C, ID+C, and O+M rating system that relate to post-occupancy IAQ.
Indoor Air Quality: Preoccupancy
This course provides an in-depth look at the issues and strategies associated with preserving and maintaining indoor air quality prior to building occupancy. Included are discussions of how construction activities and design decisions made prior to occupancy can affect occupant health, productivity and attitudes. Preventative strategies will be discussed, and the course will focus on LEED credits from the BD+C, ID+C, and O+M rating system that relate to preoccupancy IAQ.
A Cruel Irony: Sick Building Syndrome in Healthcare Facilities
What happens when a building designed for healing ends up making people sick? Healthcare facilities, particularly hospitals, have traditionally been war zones where the fight against infection takes place, employing the weapons of thorough sterilization and high-tech treatment. The design of the building itself also plays a part in keeping the facility medically sound. Unfortunately, many healers and patients are at a disadvantage without realizing it—due to Sick Building Syndrome (SBS). Indeed, studies have shown that no building, not even a hospital, is immune to this very real but often misunderstood malady.