June 2016

A Message from the President

As my presidency comes to a close, I wanted to say a few words about the past few years and my appreciation of the efforts of the ISIAQ team. This has been a very busy term, with much of our efforts focused on the transition to a new secretariat and maintaining our accelerated conference schedule. Hal Levin, our secretariat since 2008, is retiring. Hal has not only been secretariat, but is one of the founding members of ISIAQ and has never missed a conference. In fact, he led and organized Indoor Air 2002 in Monterey, California, as well as specialty conferences, countless workshops and symposia. His contributions to ISIAQ as a member and as secretariat are difficult to quantify and we are heartened that he will continue to actively be engaged in ISIAQ through our conferences and Scientific and Technical Committees (STCs). With Hal’s decision to retire, we began an intense and successful process of identifying a new secretariat. We have engaged Infinity Conference Group, headed by Doreen Albertson, to manage our business office as the new secretariat. We welcome Doreen and her team to ISIAQ and look forward to our future partnership.


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ISIAQ Scientific and Technical Committee Update

STC1.3 Activity: “The role of microbial sampling in building investigations for moisture damage and indoor mold”

The ISIAQ Scientific Technical Committee on Microbes in the Indoor Environment (STC1.3) has begun the preparation of a document dealing with “The role of microbial sampling in building investigations for moisture damage and indoor mold”. This document will include information useful to the ISIAQ community, but is specifically targeting practitioners in the field of indoor air quality as it relates to building dampness and mold assessments. It will provide an overview on existing guidelines and recommendations from different countries, and critically discuss if; when; and specifically how and what types of microbial measurements may be useful in supporting building investigations in practice.

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New research: Allergy and Respiratory Health Effects of Dampness and Dampness-Related Agents in Schools and Homes

This study focuses on dampness and dampness-related agents in homes and schools and their association with the allergy and respiratory health effects in 330 Danish pupils. Classroom dampness was determined based on technical inspection of 21 classrooms and bedroom dampness on self-reportage. Classroom and bedroom dust was analyzed for selected microbial components and microorganisms. Allergy was determined by skin-prick-testing and by self-reported rhinitis and eczema. Respiratory health was determined by lung function expressed as z-scores for forced expiratory volume in one second (zFEV1), forced vital capacity (zFVC) and the ratio zFEV1/zFVC using GLI-2012-prediction-equations. Respiratory symptoms and doctor-diagnosed asthma was determined by self-report.


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ROOMS Conference, 6-7 October 2016, Concarneau, France

ROOMS (Radon Outcomes On Mitigation Solutions) is an annual European conference promoting exchanges on building management regarding radon risk. This informal meeting is linked with the activities of the European Radon Association (ERA) http://radoneurope.org/.
The next ROOMS conference will be held on 6-7 October 2016 in Concarneau, France. This conference is co-organized by the Scientific and Technical Building Centre (CSTB) and the NGO Approche Eco-Habitat (AEH). It is funded by Concarneau Cornouailles Agglomeration (CCA), the Brittany Department for Health (ARS Bretagne) and ERA. The conference is free of charge.

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A Message From One of Our Corporate Members


 

Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics IBP,

Stuttgart, Holzkirchen, Kassel, Germany

 


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A Message From One of Our Corporate Members

A Message From One of Our Corporate Members

About ISIAQ

With more than 700 members from more than 45 countries, ISIAQ is an international, independent, multidisciplinary, scientific, non-profit organization whose purpose is to support the creation of healthy, comfortable and productive indoor environments. We strongly believe this is achievable by advancing the science and technology of indoor air quality and climate as it relates to indoor environmental design, construction, operation and maintenance, air quality measurement and health sciences.

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ISIAQ - June 2016