May 2017

And the Winners Are…

We are happy to announce the names of the student travel award winners going to Healthy Buildings Europe 2017 in Lublin in July:

Ema Nemethova, Slovak University of Technology, Bratislava, Slovakia

Hayder Alsaad, Bauhaus-University, Weimar, Germany

Jialei Shen, Nanjing University, China

The ISIAQ board of directors wish them a fruitful and inspiring conference!

Call for Contributions on IAQ Guidelines Worldwide – Follow-up

As described in the previous newsletter, we are collecting and sharing information about international and national guideline values concerning indoor environmental quality (IEQ) indicators. Based on the information gathered so far, there are differences between countries in terms of existing guidelines, but direct comparison is difficult due to methodological issues. For example, guidelines for formaldehyde exist in many countries, but some of them are based on short term (0.5 to 2 hours) measurements, whereas some are based on 8-hour or annual averages. There are also differences in how the guidelines are enforced: in many countries the governments provide informative guidelines, but in some countries the requirements are issued as government decrees and/or legislative standards. Finland and South-Korea seem to have an extensive list of decrees or standards related to IEQ including noise, thermal comfort and IAQ parameters, whereas Portugal, France and Canada have decrees or guidelines related to many IAQ parameters. Also widely used standards include ANSI/ASHRAE Standards 55 (Thermal Environmental Condition for Human Occupancy) and 62 (Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality).

We are still missing information from numerous countries. Knowing if certain countries do not have IEQ guidelines would also be useful. Please use your Google account to comment and/or add relevant information directly to the spreadsheet IEQ guideline values, or email,  contact person Ulla Haverinen-Shaughnessy.

Thank you for your participation!


Taking Air Quality Research into Schools

Scientific research is no more the exclusive domain of scientists. Using citizen science methods, members of the public, volunteers and students can now actively engage in ongoing research, asking questions, collecting data and performing analysis. As part of the European "CITI-SENSE" project, seventh grade students in Haifa, Israel, participated in air quality research which included planning sensor locations, developing research questions and analyzing air-quality data. This unique form of participation motivated students, empowered them and taught them basic air quality concepts such as knowledge of air pollutants and distribution with time and space.

However, can participation also contribute to broad learning outcomes such as critical thinking and the nature of science? What is needed in order to transfer knowledge and experiment planning from air quality topic to a broader scientific understanding?

We found that students' gains were limited to the topics discussed during participation in the project. There are no short cuts in education. Learning outcomes are direct products of the learning effort. We believe that only prolonged work with students, emphasizing the nature of science and setting goals for higher level thinking will further promote critical thinking and a global understanding of what science is.

The full research report can be found here.

​Yaela Golumbic, Faculty of Education in Technology and Science and Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Technion, Haifa, Israel

ISIAQ - May 2017