Description: 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.
RBc: We've not had a chance to go through the entire book as of this posting but what we did find supports what we have been preaching here since 2004 that being this abridged excerpt:
Heating, Ventilating, and Air-Conditioning Approaches
Demonstration projects and research suggest that innovations in the design of mechanical
systems and buildings may yield reduced HVAC-system energy use while enhancing occupant
comfort, health, and productivity. They include both mature and newly developed technologies:
Mixed-mode or hybrid mechanical system
Water-based cooling systems, including fan-coil, radiant, and induction systems
High efficiency, low-pressure-drop filtration
Passive stack and solar chimney systems
Geothermal heat exchangers
Coincidently, I’ll be chairing a seminar at our upcoming ASHRAE meetings in Montreal, and our four presenters will be discussing the same applications of the items listed above in medium to large buildings including the 22 story Manitoba Hydro Place, Wal-Mart Retail Store, Louis Vuitton Museum in France and a number of Canadian schools. Read about it at our LinkedIn Group. I'll also be discussing the hybrid systems for residential buildings at Comfortech in September of this year.
The reason why these strategies are used in all types of buildings is because (wait for it)…they work!