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C209
Indoor Air Quality - Buildings

John Poullain, PE

This three-hour online course provides general guidelines and measures to take for the improvement of indoor air quality in offices and other commercial buildings. The topics covered include the causes of indoor air quality problems, sources and types of air pollutants, ventilation and air exchange rates and outdoor air supply. The course presents methods to improve the air quality and how to identify and measure air pollutants. Source-specific pollutants including radon, tobacco smoke, stoves, fireplaces, pesticides, asbestos, related health effects and ways to reduce exposure are discussed. The course covers many links and references to informative sources covered in the text topics.

It has been estimated that people spend as much as 90% of their time indoors at home, office, schools, stores or other buildings. This has become a serious health problem since indoor pollution may be worse than outdoor air pollution and some people including the young, elderly and those afflicted with respiratory diseases are especially susceptible to indoor air quality problems. OSHA estimated 30% of Americans work in buildings with air pollution. Asthma attacks are often triggered by dust, pollen or animal dander and estimated as the forth-leading cause of work absenteeism.

The student will become familiar with the causes, health risks and suitable actions to take for indoor air problems at an office and other commercial buildings. How IAQ problems are identified, pollution levels are measured, basic methods for improving IAQ by controlling the sources of pollutants and ventilation and air cleaning are discussed. The student will consider the sources of office air pollution and review IAQ measures to take. Reference sources are provided for additional information pertaining to indoor air pollution problems, health effects linked to pollution sources and appropriate steps to reduce exposure of occupants.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.


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