Directory of Internet Sites on Indoor Air Quality

 
 

A GUIDE TO INDOOR AIR QUALITY SITES ON THE WORLD WIDE WEB By Rishi Kumar Global Educational & Consulting Services 601 Yorkminister Cr., Mississauga, Ont. L5R 2A1 And Ashok Kumar Department of Civil Engineering University of Toledo, Toledo, OH 43606
 
 

Introduction
All of us face a variety of risks to our health as we go about our day to day lives. Poor indoor air quality or environment has been shown to result in headaches, respiratory infections, wheezing, nausea, dizziness, respiratory allergies, influenza, colds, measles, pulmonary tract infections, Legionnaire's disease, and other ailments. Driving in cars, flying in planes, engaging in recreational activities and being exposed to environmental pollutants all pose-varying degrees of risk. Some risks are simply unavoidable. Some we choose to accept because to do otherwise would restrict our ability to lead our lives the way we want. Indoor air environment is one risk that you can do something about.
There are many steps one can take to improve and control your indoor air environment. The steps will depend on the environmental conditions that currently exist in your home or office or plant. If you knew why indoor air environment was unhealthy and what you could do to make it healthy again, then you could control the indoor air quality and, subsequently, the symptoms.
A significant number of companies have realized the importance of maintaining good indoor air environment in their buildings. Most companies investigate indoor air quality complaints as they arise and a few monitor indoor air environmental indicators regularly. However, the current trend for organizations is the establishment of an indoor air environmental management plan for their facilities which integrates monitoring, operations and maintenance, building staff training, and building renovation activities.
The growth of information available on the Internet and the World Wide Web (WWW) is explosive. New users are signing on by the thousands around the world. Therefore, it is more important than ever for environmental professionals to keep tabs on those sites that can offer much-needed information at any hour of the day or night.
Several papers have been published in this journal on the sites available on various topics in environmental field (1, 2, and 3). The purpose of this paper is to provide a guide of useful indoor air quality sites on the WWW.
More than 1000 Web sites related to indoor air environment/quality were reviewed for this paper. A list of 44 sites was prepared to help you find useful information in this field. The paper is divided into two sections: (1) Services and Products, (2) Training/Courses, Technical Organizations, Government Sites and Publications. Some of the sites have general information on indoor air environment and its impact on individuals and the others have more specific information, such as how to take corrective action. As with any information source, knowing what you are looking for - and the general area where to find it - will increase your chances for productivity and success.
As Internet is moving from being a mere curiosity to being a technology asset, the newcomers to the Web and the Internet should be aware that the information they find - like other information - is only as good as its sources. Just because something appears on the World Wide Web, it is not necessarily true or authentic. As with so many other things, it is "buyer beware".
Internet Sites for Services and Products

Web Site: www.hygeia-env-inc.com/

e-mail: info@hygeia-env-inc.com

Hygeia Environmental Inc. (HEI) is multi-disciplined environmental laboratory and indoor air quality specialist. They offer a wide range of environmental laboratory services and IAQ site investigations for hospitals, colleges, public schools, commercial buildings, and homeowners. They also supply a variety of clients with environmental equipment rental.

Web Site: www.ebdinc.com/

Anabec Inc. based in Clarence, NY maintains the site. The Anabec provides services such as lab testing, remediation of contaminated building surfaces, and so on. Based on laboratory recommendations, a trained representative can spray your building surfaces (acoustical ceiling tiles, painted brick, and carpeting) to remediate contaminated problems. The web site provides necessary information on indoor air quality related symptoms, causes and possible solutions using their system.

Web Site: www.teamkd.com/

K.D. Engineering Co. provides specialized services in the field of indoor air quality related to testing, adjusting and balancing. The company designed/introduced IAQ instruments (KD 300 Series, KD 400 Series) in last three years, to assist practitioners in the IAQ field. The Web site provides detailed information about the instrumentation such as technical details, how to use it and how to get it.

Web Site: www.cascadewater.com/

Cascade Water Services provides services including water treatment and cleaning (cooling towers, boilers, chillers, piping, closed systems, water/air condensers, air handlers and ducts), chemical sales and installations, consulting and laboratory services, rebuilding and repair, and indoor air quality (IAQ testing, duct cleaning and encapsulation).

Web Site: www.comlynx.com/iaqindex/iaqintrv.htm

Indoor Air Services, Inc maintains this site. The company has developed variety of educational packages (video plus manuals) on how to improve indoor air quality for HVAC contractors, Industrial Hygienists, Duct Cleaners, and School Districts, etc. The information on the variety of programs can be viewed on this site.

Web Site: www.titus-hvac.com/

TITUS is one of the largest manufacturers of HVAC products. They design and manufacture air distribution products for HVAC systems. These products can provide higher comfort levels and improve indoor air environment in almost any building. The software program related to various company activities and design/application can be downloaded from this Web site.

Web Site: www.shelter-mn.com/

Shelter companies (Shelter Source and Shelter Supply) designs and manufacture ventilation equipment and specialized energy efficient building products. The Web site provides an easy to follow how-to guide for all aspects of building science and technology. The product catalogue is also available on this site.

Web Site: www.unionac.com/

A.C. Union Air Conditioning, Inc. is a multi-faced HVAC design-build mechanical contractor. They provide customized HVAC systems (planning, designing, and installation) for commercial and industrial facilities worldwide. Information related to type of ventilation systems and their advantages, design features related to indoor air environment and more can be viewed on this Web site.

Web Site: www.metrosonics.com/airqmon.html

The Web site describes a complete product line related to indoor air quality monitoring instrumentation offered by Metrosonics Inc. These monitors can be viewed on the site and is ideal for numerous applications, such as investigating sick building syndrome and indoor air quality complaints, analyzing HVAC operation, and verifying compliance with standards and regulations. In addition, Metrosonic's offers IAQ related software which has many powerful features such as data retrieval and storage, database searching and automatic calculation of air exchange rate.

Web Site: members.aol.com/IAQatOMS/index.html

The Web site describes the capabilities of OMS Laboratories, Inc. They use state-of-the-art instrumentation for analyzing indoor air environment samples. Gas chromatography and mass spectrometry are used for specific molds and mites contamination.

Web Site: www.chelsea-grp.com/

Chelsea Group Limited (CGL) is an environmental consulting information services and technology company with a specialty in indoor air quality. The site provides links to US government, private and international sites in the field of indoor air environment. Their newsletter "INVIRONMENT" published monthly can be viewed on the site. It provides latest regulatory and standard setting news and articles written by prominent leaders in the industry on indoor air environment. Reference documents on how to improve indoor air quality in hotel/motels, restaurants/lounges, etc. and information on a self-paced video, which provides detailed direction for IAQ professionals on how to conduct and investigation into the building environment can be viewed on this site.

Web Site: www.airdoctors.com/

If you are seeking information concerning the adverse health effects of poor indoor air environment, then this is one of the best Web sites to view. Air Doctors, Inc maintains the site. They have the cure for sick building syndrome (SBS), tight building syndrome (TBS), building related illnesses (BRI) and generally poor indoor air quality.

Web Site: www.americanclean.com/index.html

American Services Corporation (ASC) offers a wide range of engineering consulting and management services directly related to indoor air quality. The company also provides ductwork and HVAC system cleaning services. Detailed information about company activities and on indoor air environment issues can be viewed on this site.

Sites for Training/Courses, Technical Organizations, Government Sites and Publications

Web Sites: www.environ.com/iaq_trn2.htm
                  www.environ.com/epa_iaq2.htm
                  www.environ.com/iaqempr.htm
                  www.environ.com/iaq_trn.htm

e-mail: webmaster@environ.com

These sites are maintained by Environment Support Solutions. They offer a complete line of products and services for environment management issues, including training, consulting, site compliance surveys and software for HVAC contractors and facility managers.

Environmental Support Solutions also maintains HVAC Mall on the web site. It is resource for people looking for heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration products and services. One can find information from manufacturers, distributors, representatives, contractors, consultants, educational institutions, associations, publications and software developers who offer HVAC/R and other related products and information.

Web Site: www.envirovillage.com/Training/MEHRC

Mid-Atlantic Environmental Hygiene Resource Center (MEHRC) offers a wide range of courses on various IAQ topics. The web site contains course description and current schedule.

Web Site: http://www.aivc.org/

Air Infiltration and Ventilation Center (AIVC) maintains this site and viewers can learn about AIVC publications, including recent report on energy-efficient ventilation. This site provides an access to the center's data on ventilation issues, including information services, technical analysis and database of articles on indoor air/environment quality.

Web Site: www.cyberus.ca/~dsw/

International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate (ISIAQ) maintains a Web site and is dedicated solely to issues of the indoor environment. The site contains recent news related to IAQ, notices of upcoming meetings and lists research/task force activities.

Web Site: www.ACGIH.org/

American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) provides latest information on training courses, upcoming conferences and /seminars and other special events in the field of indoor air environment. The Web site is a very helpful resource for environmental specialists (ventilation systems, health and safety, indoor air quality, and more...). Condensed versions of ACGIH publications are available on the site.

Web Site: www.greenbuilding.ca/

The Green Building Information Council (GBIC) brings this web site to you, a Canadian non-profit organization whose mission is to disseminate information about energy and environmental issues in the building sector. GBIC itself is a small organization with extensive international links and through this site one can view a broad range of information from other sources and organizations around the world, all of which are separately identified.

Web Site: http://www.ashrae.org/

American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) maintains a Web site that allows users to view current activities, including standards activities and upcoming meetings/forums. Their Web site also gives link to the on-line edition of the ASHRAE journal. ASHRAE plans to continue to use the site to post proposed standards for users to download, as it did recently with the proposed revision to Standard 62 related to indoor air quality and Standard 90.1 related to building energy efficiency. Once the public comment period closed, these standards were removed from the site. The ASHRAE bookstore catalogue allows you to order on-line codes, standards, guidelines, and handbooks.

Web Sites: http://www.osha.gov%20www.osha.gov/govsites.html

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) web site offers publications, information on current and future programs, statistical data, as well as compliance assistance. The Web site gives link to other government sites/agencies.

Web Sites: www.cdc.gov/NIOSH/homepage.html
                  http://www.cdc.gov/
                  www.cdc.gov/epo/mmwr/mmwr_wk.html
                  www.cdc.gov/cgi-bin/mmwrsearch.pl

These Web sites can provide a wealth of information from National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on health hazard evaluation programs, current disease topics (Legionnaires' disease, Legionella, tuberculosis or carbon monoxide poisoning) related to indoor air environment. Users can download such things as NIOSH's questionnaire for indoor air investigations. The back issues of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports (MMWR) can be searched and viewed on one of these sites. These are important sites, if one would like to keep updated on NIOSH and CDC research activities. Eventually, the outcome from these research activities forms the basis for US government regulations.

Web Site: www.iaqpubs.com/

Indoor air quality related publications could be viewed on this site. The web site is kept updated and provides current valuable news and information on topics related to indoor pollution, healthy buildings, occupational health and safety and lead poisoning prevention.

Web Sites: www.epa.gov/iaq/
                  www.epa.gov/iaq/homes.html
                  http://www.epa.gov/
                  www.epa.gov/oar/oarhome.html
                  www.epa.gov/CSO.html

These are some of the Web sites available on World Wide Web for the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In the IAQ web site, one can find such things as EPA documents, database and the online results from the building assessment survey and evaluation program. The main EPA home page provides links to other EPA sites, including regions throughout the US.

One of the EPA sites also lets you find the information on employees using a search facility. The results include their mail addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses. This is an important feature when trying to contact a specific person.

Web Site: http://www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/
                www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/Research/IEWG/discuss.html
                http://www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/Research/HighRise/e_rdhigh.htm

  Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. (CMHC) maintains this site. CMHC is active in investigating the indoor environment. The agency is doing valuable work on the presence of mold and how that affects the indoor environment, among other related issues.

CMHC also maintains a discussion page where indoor air environment professionals can post questions and receives comments from CMHC.

Web Site: eande.lbl.gov/IEP/

This Web site describes the activities in indoor air environment program at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL).

Web Site: eande.lbl.gov/CBS/NEWSLETTER/CBSNEWS.html

The Web site lists research programs and contains online editions of the center's quarterly newsletter. The Center for Building Science (CBS) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) conducts extensive research on indoor air quality, buildings, and energy issues.

Web Site: occ-env-med.mc.duke.edu/oem/wutsnew.htm

This is a very interesting site and provides up-to-date information on "what is globally new in occupational & environmental health". The site provides links to recently released material by the worldwide agencies active in occupational and environmental health (EPA, NIOSH, FDA, CDC, WHO, MSHA, ATSDR, GAO, EID and more). The site is maintained by Dulk's OEM webmaster.

Web Site: http://www.boma.org/

Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) maintain the site. BOMA is an international organization for those who own and operate buildings. The group sponsors some research that sometimes touches on indoor air quality. The Web site can lead viewers to some of its research activities and more information about the organization.

Web Site: www.cutter.com/ewwe/

If anyone seeking European communities' information or activities related to indoor air environment, this is a must-see Web site. The site is maintained by Environmental Watch: Western Europe and provides links to numerous environmental organizations both governmental and non-governmental agencies in European communities countries.

Web Site: http://www.nist.gov/

National Institute of standards and Technology (NIST) conducts numerous research projects of interest to the indoor air environment community. The Web site provides details on various projects dealing with how building perform - and what this means for the indoor environment.

Web Site: www.invent.hut.fi/index.html

The site is maintained by Finnish Ventilation Industry. The Web site provides an overview of the "Industrial Ventilation Development Program (INVENT)" developed by the Finnish ventilation industry and Finnish research/educational institutes. The information on industrial air quality, industrial air technology design, guide books and current research projects related to indoor air environment could be viewed on this site. The summary of reports and current issues related to industrial ventilation can be obtained from this Web site also.

CONCLUSION

This paper presents a guide for 44 useful sites for indoor air quality activities. The sites are grouped into services and products, and training/courses, technical organizations, government sites and publications categories. It is hoped that you will find these sites useful for your work.

LITERATURE CITED

1. R. Kumar and A. Kumar, "Introduction to http://www.iso14001.com/", Env. Progress, 16(3), F13-F15, 1997. 2. A. Kumar, S. Vashisth and S. Chinmalapati, "A Review of Heating and Ventilation Sites on the Internet", Env. Progress, 16(2), S11-S14, 1997. 3. A. Kumar and S. Vashisth, "Introduction to Environmental Business on the WWW", Env. Progress, 16(1), S11-S15, 1997.

 


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