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The indoor environment affects occupants' health and comfort. Poor environmental conditions and indoor contaminants are estimated to cost the U.S. economy tens of billions of dollars a year in exacerbation of illnesses like asthma, allergic symptoms, and subsequent lost productivity. Climate change has the potential to affect the indoor environment because conditions inside buildings are influenced by conditions outside them.

Climate Change, the Indoor Environment, and Health addresses the impacts that climate change may have on the indoor environment and the resulting health effects. It finds that steps taken to mitigate climate change may cause or exacerbate harmful indoor environmental conditions. The book discusses the role the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) should take in informing the public, health professionals, and those in the building industry about potential risks and what can be done to address them. The study also recommends that building codes account for climate change projections; that federal agencies join to develop or refine protocols and testing standards for evaluating emissions from materials, furnishings, and appliances used in buildings; and that building weatherization efforts include consideration of health effects.

Climate Change, the Indoor Environment, and Health is written primarily for the EPA and other federal agencies, organizations, and researchers with interests in public health; the environment; building design, construction, and operation; and climate issues.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780309209410
Publisher: National Academies Press
Publication date: 08/31/2011
Pages: 286
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

1712 Statement

1912 The Com


Methodologic Approac

2012 Recent National Academy of Sciences Reports Addressing Climate Change 2612 Organization of the R

2912 References

2 Background 3312 Elements of Clim

3312 Adverse Exposures Associated with Climat

3712 Time Spent in

4112 Climate Change and Vulnerable Populations 4312 Co

4812 References 4811 3 Government and Private-sector involvement in climate change, in

5312 Fe


6012 State and Local Governments 6712 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 6912 Private

7012 Observations 7212 References 721

4 Air Quality 7912 Introduction 7912 Indoor

8012 Outdoo

9812 Indoor Air Quality in Developing

11112 Con

11412 Ref

11711 5

13312 I

13312 Climate Change a

13412 Indoor Dampness 13512 Dampness a

13512 Sp

14112 Summary Comments 1

Conclusions 14

References 14811 6 Infectious agents and pests

Infectious Agent

15612 Pests 16312 Con

17412 References 17611 7 Thermal

18512 Introduct

18512 Manageme

18512 Effects of Hea

18812 Effects

19712 Climate-C


Conclusions 20112

References 20211 8 Building ventilation, weather

20912 E

20912 Bu

21012 Energy-Efficiency Programs f



Product-Labeling and Building-Certification Programs 21712 H

22412 Synthesis 23112

23212 References 23211 9 Key f

23912 Overview of th

23912 Key Findings 24012

24312 Priority Is

24512 References 25401 Appendixes02 A Public Meeting

25702 B Environmental Protect

26302 C Biograp


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