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IAQA University

Each month we publish a newsletter titled IAQ Website of the Month.  The excerpt below was originally published in the October 2011 newsletter.

In case you have missed the marketing blitz, the Indoor Air Quality Association launched the “IAQA University” in June this year. The IAQA University has 50 one-hour classes on a wide range of topics related to the indoor environment.

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Global Indoor Health Network

Each month we publish a newsletter titled IAQ Website of the Month.  The excerpt below was originally published in the January 2012 newsletter.

We know that the quality of indoor air affects our health. However, the exact mechanism for some contaminants is poorly understood. Therefore, I love reading research papers that better connect indoor air quality with health effects.

This month’s featured website has an excellent listing of articles establishing the health effects of problem buildings. The website is from the organization Global Indoor Health Network (GIHN). Membership in the organization is free and is split between professionals (such as doctors and engineers) and individuals who have been personally affected by IAQ problems.

The GIHN website includes 300+ links to different research papers, with the majority of articles related to mold and damp buildings.  The links are listed in alphabetical order, and cover three web pages (A-FG-MN-Z). However, my favorite part of the website is the excellent summary of the most important documents on the Health Effects page.

The organization also has other great information throughout the website, including a newsletter that highlights recent news stories. To visit this IAQ Website of the Month, please visit: Global Indoor Health Network.

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IAQA’s YouTube Channel

Each month we publish a newsletter titled IAQ Website of the Month.  The excerpt below was originally published in the February 2012 newsletter.

In my role as the Technical Director of the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA), I have been putting together weekly YouTube videos that I think you’ll enjoy.  The goal of the videos is to share some of the educational content found in the association’s new IAQA University.

The topics covered range from HVAC, building science, remediation, IAQ assessments,sampling and more.  Most videos are around 3 mintunes in length.

Here is a list of the videos in the IAQA’s YouTube Channel to date:

You can find an up to date list of the YouTube videos on IAQA’s website at http://www.iaqa.org/tech-tips.

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HVAC gone wild!

Each month we publish a newsletter titled IAQ Website of the Month.  The excerpt below was originally published in the March 2012 newsletter.

In honor of April Fool’s Day, I wanted to highlight some foolish (and funny) pictures related to heating, ventilating and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems.

The March IAQ Website of the Month is HVACfun.com.  Here are my top 10 favorite pictures on their website:

  1. Heat going nowhere
  2. Does this need cleaning?
  3. Venting good, trip hazard bad
  4. Cooling coil or ice chest?
  5. Ventilation in-effectiveness
  6. What happens when there is a sale on spray foam
  7. Filters gone wrong
  8. Do your ducts hang low, do they wobble to and fro?
  9. The high’s and lows of a condensate drain line
  10. The importance of keeping mechanical rooms clean (warning: a little gross)

If you enjoyed these pictures, there are plenty more on the website’s “HVAC wall of shame”.

To visit this month’s featured website, click on this link: HVACfun.com.

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Toxicology for the Masses

Each month we publish a newsletter titled IAQ Website of the Month.  The excerpt below was originally published in the April 2012 newsletter.

If you are an indoor air quality professional, you should know some of the fundamentals of toxicology.  The problem is that toxicology can be complex and difficult to comprehend.

This month’s featured website is the only resource I know of that makes toxicology easy to understand, and dare I say, enjoyable to read.  Toxipedia is a free toxicology encyclopedia that has articles on a wide range of contaminants such as pesticides, radon, and endocrine disruptors to name a few.

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Terminology from ASHRAE

Each month we publish a newsletter titled IAQ Website of the Month.  The excerpt below was originally published in the May 2012 newsletter.

This month ASHRAE created a new website where they publish definitions common in the field of heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC). The definitions come from standards and technical committees, which previously were not freely available to the public.

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Get your Ducts in a Row

Each month we publish a newsletter titled IAQ Website of the Month.  The excerpt below was originally published in the June 2012 newsletter.

Air duct cleaning often gets a bad rap due to unscrupulous and unethical contractors. Abuses are often recorded on hidden camera, like this one from last year: Dateline NBC.

The National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA) participated in the Dateline NBC exposée.  This association has some great resources, so I’m featuring them as the Website of the Month.

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OSHA Videos

Each month we publish a newsletter titled IAQ Website of the Month.  The excerpt below was originally published in the July 2012 newsletter.

The IAQ profession can often include dirty work.  You may be a consultant poking around a crawl space or a contractor remediating a contaminant in a small space.  These situations may call for personal protective equipment, such as respirators.
There is a considerable amount of confusion regarding respirators, which are regulated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). To better explain respirators and their requirements, OSHA released new training videos earlier this year.  These videos are a great training tool to learn more about respiratory protection.
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Real Stories of Legionnaries’ Disease

Each month we publish a newsletter titled IAQ Website of the Month.  The excerpt below was originally published in the September 2012 newsletter. 

Three people recently died after staying at a hotel in downtown Chicago (just two blocks from our office).  The culprit? Legionella bacteria in the lobby’s decorative fountain.  By reading real stories of Legionaires’ Disease, you will be more prepared to discover risky situations in all building types.

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Environmental Health- the open access journal

Each month we publish a newsletter titled IAQ Website of the Month.  The excerpt below was originally published in the November 2012 newsletter. 

I love reading journal articles to stay abreast of indoor air quality (IAQ) research.  What I don’t like is paying high subscription fees to access those journal articles.  An exciting movement in scientific publishing is open access where authors pay for the journal’s operating costs by submitting publication fees.  Open access journals then make their articles freely available to the public through their website.