Infiltration of Outdoor Pollutants

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Infiltration of Outdoor Pollutants

How building airtightness and pollutant characteristics affect the transport of outdoor air pollution into the indoor environment

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Leaky Ducts Suck In Health Hazards

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June 16, 2001

Does your house smell like a sewer? [continue reading]

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Better Breathing Thanks to Good Science

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June 16, 2001

About 15 years ago researchers started applying scientific methods and instruments to the study of buildings. [continue reading]

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Clean Breathing in Production Homes

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May 01, 2001

For the best ventilation performance, whole-house air distribution is key. [continue reading]

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Beware the Closed Bedroom Door

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January 01, 2001

It may sound like a tabloid news story, but building science researchers have found that simply closing a bedroom door can create serious safety, comfort, and health problems in a home. [continue reading]

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UL Sets Standards for Indoor Air Quality

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November 01, 1999

How do we regulate the amounts of indoor air pollutants that are allowed to build up in the houses we live in? The answer is: We don't. [continue reading]

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Insulation in the heating system--A Source of Black Stains

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November 01, 1998

Stains in homes have many different sources. In my job as an industrial hygienist, I have seen a wide variety of substances that can create stains, including mold growth, vehicle exhaust, combustion appliances, tobacco smoke, cooking fumes, and even candles (see "Black Stains in Houses: Soot, Dust, or Ghosts?" HE Jan/Feb '98, p. 15). [continue reading]

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Ozone Out for Indoor Air Cleaners

Author: John Manuel
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November 01, 1998

Ozone has been successfully used for decades to treat and sanitize municipal water supplies, swimming pools, and spas. [continue reading]

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Clean Ducts with Elbow Grease, Not Toxic Gas

Author: Ed Chessor
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November 01, 1998

Most of the ductwork that I've seen contains accumulations of house dust and tobacco smoke solids, as well as loose pieces of fiberglass duct insulation, dead bugs, and mold growing in a damp mess. [continue reading]

Solar Contagion and Lessons for Other Energy Upgrades

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Energy Department Announces Dates and New Contests for Solar Decathlon 2017 in Denver, Colorado

Stacy Hunt

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The U.S. Department of EnergySolar Decathlon 2017 studentdesign competition, which challenges collegiate teams to design, build and operate ...

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