Ventilation and IAQ in New California Homes
Starting in the mid-2000s, the California Energy Commission funded several research studies (for example, Price, et al., 2007, and Offermann, 2009) that aimed to evaluate the potential indoor air quality (IAQ) impacts associated with envelope air ...
Public Housing Breaks the Mold
Multifamily public and low-income housing have particular problems when it comes to moisture and air pollutants. In this first of a two-part series, we look at one particular type of multifamily construction: midrise housing. [continue reading]
Leaky Ducts Suck In Health Hazards
Does your house smell like a sewer? [continue reading]
Better Breathing Thanks to Good Science
About 15 years ago researchers started applying scientific methods and instruments to the study of buildings. [continue reading]
Clean Breathing in Production Homes
For the best ventilation performance, whole-house air distribution is key. [continue reading]
Beware the Closed Bedroom Door
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]
UL Sets Standards for Indoor Air Quality
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]
Insulation in the heating system--A Source of Black Stains
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]
Ozone Out for Indoor Air Cleaners
Ozone has been successfully used for decades to treat and sanitize municipal water supplies, swimming pools, and spas. [continue reading]
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Is Energy Efficiency an American Value?
Energy efficiency is good for the economy, good for families, good for workers, and good for the environment.