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What is Indoor Air Quailty?
Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) refers to the physical, chemical, and biological characteristics of air in the indoor environment within a building and how it relates to the occupants physical and psychological health, comfort and productivity. A more technical definition of IAQ is related to how well indoor air satisfies the three basic requirements for human occupancy: thermal acceptability, maintenance of normal concentrations of respiratory gases, dilution and removal of contaminants to levels below health or odour discomfort thresholds.
The UK website dedicated to IAQ resources and services
Read an article by Julie Riggs about the correlation of CO2 and IAQ.
New Car Smell
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New IOSH IAQ Course
Find out more about the latest IAQ IOSH course.
The station where the world discusses indoor air quality, the built environment and disaster restoration issues.
Air pollution is not yesterday's problem
Read an article by Tim Yeo from the Guardian.
We expect the food we eat, the air we breathe and the water we drink to be uncontaminated and safe. As educated consumers we can control the food and drink we consume, but our most vital organs are continuing to be affected by the harmful contaminants in the air we breath every day. Many of those sources are man made.
Most of the toxins in our air are at low levels but should not be disregarded as harmless because there can be a cumulative effect that must be considered. Most contaminants can build up over time and create problems after years of exposure.
There is no doubt, no question any longer that the extent and depth of contamination in the air we breathe is serious. There have been no studies to date that reveal what the resulting long term health effects are when the contaminants found in the air we breathe combine.
IAQ UK is an independent organisation with the aim of 'raising the agenda of indoor air quality within the home and work. The objectives are achieved by working with the various agents and organisations in promoting indoor air quality and ensuring the information is accessible to enable individuals to make a choice about their environment.
There are fundamental developments in the last 45 years.
The increase in the amount of time spent in indoor environments
The increased dependence on artificial products
Increased occupancy densities
Energy conservation techniques
Due to the importance of these factors there is a need to become more aware of the air we breathe and how critical it is to our health, comfort and productivity.