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What is IAQ?

MapleLeaf140410423What is IAQ? IAQ or indoor air quality describes how inside air can affect a person’s health, comfort, and ability to work. It can include temperature, humidity, poor ventilation, mold, or exposure to other chemicals. Texas Tech University believes its faculty, staff, students and visitors deserve a safe academic, working, and recreational environment, free of unsafe or hazardous conditions and is dedicated to addressing problems that may be associated with poor indoor air quality on campus.

IAQ is important not only for workers’ comfort, but also for their health. Poor IAQ has been tied to symptoms such as headaches, fatigue, trouble concentrating, and irritation of the eyes, nose, throat and lungs. Also, some specific diseases have been linked to air contaminants or indoor environments. In addition, some exposures, such as asbestos and radon, do not cause immediate symptoms but can lead to cancer after many years.

Next week, ASHRAE will be hosting the IAQ 2013 Conference — Environmental Health in Low Energy Buildings: October 15 – 18, 2013, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
The conference program will include internationally acclaimed keynote speakers, original peer reviewed papers, plus workshops and panel discussions addressing indoor environmental quality in low energy buildings.  Authors will be given the choice to present extended abstracts or conference papers. Extended abstracts, conference papers, keynote addresses, and conference topic summaries will be included in the post conference proceedings.

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Source:; September 19, 2013.; 2013.