Behind every great indoor air nerd is a great technical library. No matter how much one tries to memorize, it’s impossible to recall all the facts and figures required of professionals in this field. A good library is not a recommendation… it is a must!
In the United States a typical industrial company will spend about 3.5% of revenues on research and development. What percent are you spending on personal development and research? The field of indoor air quality is way too complex for professionals to brush off the importance of this investment. I recommend a minimum of 1% of your company’s revenue should be put into purchasing references and educational material.
Once you commit to building a library, you’ll need to decide which books and standards to start purchasing. For some general guidance, here is a link to the Indoor Sciences IAQ Library.
What are your top 5 favorite IAQ references? Please publish your list in the comments section below. To get the conversation going, here is my top 5 list:
- Indoor Air Quality Handbook, Spengler
- Recognition, Evaluation, and Control of Indoor Mold, AIHA
- ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 62.1-2010
- Moisture Control Handbook, Lstiburek
- Indoor Environmental Quality, Godish
If you don’t have a top 5, at least list your favorite resource. I’m excited to see the replies… I guess that makes me an Indoor Air Nerd!