By: Kevin Morrow, Business Development Manager, Kimberly-Clark Professional Partnership Products |
Want to improve your indoor air quality? Not quite sure where to turn for information and assistance? You’re in luck. We’ve gathered a list of some of the top IAQ resources available on the web. Bookmark this post for future reference.
ASHRAE – A membership organization representing building system design and industrial process professionals and that advances the arts and sciences of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration. Publishes standards for methods of test for use in commerce and performance criteria for use as facilitators with which to guide the industry, including ASHRAE 52.2-2012 Method of Testing General Ventilation Air-Cleaning Devices for Removal Efficiency by Particle Size. Also offers for free download: The Indoor Air Quality Guide: Best Practices for Design, Construction and Commissioning.
Centers for Disease Control – Offers health and safety tips for homeowners to improve IAQ as well as links to additional information on causes of poor IAQ. The site also has a variety of informative resources on mold, including health impacts, clean-up tips, prevention advice and more.
Consumer Product Safety Commission – This web page features The Inside Story: A Guide to Indoor Air Quality.
Environmental Protection Agency — Provides information on causes of indoor air problems, common pollutant sources, the importance of ventilation, and health effects from indoor air pollutants. Also provides specific IAQ-related information for Schools, Homes, and Large Buildings.
Kimberly-Clark Resource Center – Visit this site for educational materials and published articles relating to air filtration. Also available are two free cost analysis calculators: Compare Total Operating Costs of Different Filters and Estimate the Cost of Delayed Filter Change.
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory – Provides a resource bank that summarizes the state of scientific knowledge about the relationships between people’s health and productivity and the IAQ conditions or associated building characteristics in which the people work or reside. Check out the page on Air Cleaning Effects on Health and Perceived Air Quality.
National Air Filtration Association – A non-profit trade association whose members include air filter and component manufacturers, sales and service companies, and HVAC and IAQ professionals. NAFA’s Online Library features published guidelines and articles relating to air filtration.
NIOSH – Offers a variety of indoor environmental quality resources, including information on dampness and mold in buildings, building ventilation, maintaining IEQ during construction and renovation, and more. Also available for free download is Building Air Quality: A Guide for Building Owners and Facility Managers, which provides advice on preventing, identifying and correcting IAQ problems.
OSHA – Gives workers and employers useful, up-to-date information to identify, correct and prevent IAQ problems. Available for free download is OSHA’s publication Indoor Air Quality in Commercial and Institutional Buildings.
Tools for Schools – This EPA program is a comprehensive resource to help schools maintain a healthy environment in school buildings by identifying, correcting and preventing IAQ problems.
“What You Should Know about Indoor Air Quality” – A White Paper from the American Federation of Teachers that includes an IAQ Investigation Checklist and describes the elements of an ideal HVAC system.