||Luncheon Briefing: The Consequences, Economically and Personally, of Poor Indoor Air Quality
How clean is the air you're breathing – right now? Most of us spend about 90% of our time indoors; as a result, indoor air quality (IAQ) directly impacts our health, productivity, and national economy. Research has confirmed that poor IAQ can result in both serious health problems such as heart disease, lung cancer and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), and less serious building occupant discomfort and other effects that reduce worker productivity. Conversely, superior IAQ translates to higher productivity via lower absentee rates and reduced health care costs. These economic benefits often outweigh the costs of maintaining good IAQ.
The construction, operation and maintenance of buildings and their HVAC systems, as well as materials used in interior furnishings and housekeeping all contribute to IAQ. Join us for an engaging discussion that will improve your understanding of the dynamic relationships between these building elements and IAQ.
Thursday, November, 14 2013 • 11:30 am - 1:15 pm
U.S. House of Representatives
Room 2325 Rayburn House Office Building
Chair, High-Performance Building Congressional Caucus Coalition
Director of Government Affairs, ASHRAE
Indoor Air Quality Association
"Indoor Air Quality Health Risks, Impacts, and Solutions"
Director, Indoor Environments Division
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
"Tools to better Measure Indoor Air Quality"
President and Principal Engineer
"IAQ After Natural Disasters"
Dr. Eckardt Johanning,
Fungal Research Group Foundation, Inc.
"Understanding Sources of Indoor Pollutants"
Director of Global Operations