Contractor Report: Research Needed to Address the Impacts of Climate Change on Indoor Air Quality

This report offers opinions on climate-change and indoor air quality research needs. Topics include high-temperature events; infiltration of outdoor allergens, particulate matter, and ozone; water and dampness intrusion; and disease vectors. The discussion of research gaps focuses on human health but also includes energy efficiency.

Girman J. 2010. Research needed to address the impacts of climate change on indoor air quality. Washington, DC: US Environmental Protection Agency.

Contractor Report: National Programs to Assess Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) Effects of Building Materials and Products

This report examines national building-materials and product-evaluation programs, which were developed often in response to indoor air quality concerns and vary in focus and scope. These include efforts in the United States, various countries in Europe, the European Union, Japan, and Korea.

Levin H. 2010. National programs to assess IEQ effects of building material and products. Washington, DC: US Environmental Protection Agency, Indoor Environments Division.

Contractor Report: Climate Change and Potential Effects on Microbial Air Quality in the Built Environment

This report examines the effects of climate change on pathogens and indoor air quality. Changing climates have caused pathogens and pests to venture into new geographic areas and create new indoor environmental risks, including the possibility of increased pesticide use in response to invading organisms.

Morey PR. 2010. Climate change and potential effects on microbial air quality in the built environment. Washington, DC: US Environmental Protection Agency.

Contractor Report: Building Codes and Indoor Air Quality

This report that examines energy-related building codes throughout the United States and how these codes affect ventilation, including air exchange, and indoor air pollution. Ventilation and moisture conditions in existing residential and commercial buildings may be altered because of an increase in extreme weather events due to climate change. Buildings constructed under a set of standards appropriate for the original climate may not be adequate in a different climate.

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