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This current awareness service is prepared by the WSU Energy Program Library with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy State Energy Program. This information is provided for energy professionals and interested members of the public to highlight recent energy-related news, articles, and reports that discuss energy efficiency, energy conservation, and renewable sources of energy in engineering and policy circles.

 

Category: Indoor Air Quality

Indoor Air Quality


Energy Efficiency Can Negatively Impact Public Health

Scientific American - Plugged In Blog, Sep. 10, 2014, by Melissa C. Lott.
http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/plugged-in/2014/09/10/energy-efficiency-can-have-negative-impacts-on-public-health/

"Some energy efficiency improvements could cost lives by increasing indoor radon exposure and the resulting risk of developing lung cancer.  According to an article in the British Medical Journal, energy efficiency improvements could reduce home energy use and greenhouse gas emissions (which could lead to many health benefits). But, improvements that decrease air exchange rates lead to elevated exposure to indoor pollutants, including radon."

At the Tipping Point of Airtightness

Home Energy, Sep./Oct. 2014, by Max Sherman. [Scroll to page 12.]
http://www.omagdigital.com/publication/index.php?i=0&m=15729&l=1&p=3&pre=

Looks at the history of residential air tightness, air infiltration, and indoor air quality and the evolution of testing and measuring.

Take Care in the Kitchen: Avoiding Cooking-Related Pollutants

Environmental Health Perspectives, Jun. 2014, by Nate Seltenrich.
http://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/122-a154/

"Researchers now understand that the process of cooking food and even simply operating stoves—particularly gas appliances—can emit a cocktail of potentially hazardous chemicals and compounds. Within our homes, these pollutants are less diluted than they are outdoors, and in the absence of proper ventilation, they often are trapped inside."

Includes a discussion of the kitchen ventilation requirements in ASHRAE 62.2.

Greening the Strip [Las Vegas]

EcoBuilding Pulse, Apr. 30, 2014, by Hallie Busti & Annie Milewski.
http://www.ecobuildingpulse.com/technology/vegas-properties-cash-in-on-sustainable-design_o.aspx

"The sea of resorts, shopping centers, and convention halls located just outside Las Vegas’ city limits may be notorious for its excess, but some of The Strip’s biggest developers are now looking for ways to reduce their environmental impact. The result is infusing a new kind of green—from LED lamps to geothermal heat pumps—into a region with limited natural resources."

Simple Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality

Environmental Design + Construction (EDC), Apr. 2014, by Jennifer Meek.
http://www.edcmag.com/articles/95530-simple-ways-to-improve-indoor-air-quality

"Help improve the air quality of your building without breaking the bank."

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