January 2018
Newsletter

ISIAQ News


Last fall, ISIAQ organized a membership e-survey along with a non-member e-survey. Eighty-five current members and thirty-two former members participated worldwide. The results are very rich and being analyzed by the Board of Directors to better address member needs and improve the society.

The BOD warmly thanks all the participants and is happy to announce that it selected six winners (3 members/3 non-members) who were randomly drawn from among the contributors. They have won a FREE 1-year ISIAQ membership.

 

ISIAQ Chapters News: A Systematic Method for Indoor Environment Investigations Developed by the Swedish Chapter


A multidisciplinary working group within SWESIAQ, The Swedish chapter of ISIAQ, has produced guidelines for systematic investigations when occupants complain about different health disorders when living or working in certain buildings. The guidelines (“SWESIAQ-modellen”) are widespread in Sweden and referred to by local and governmental authorities. Some main features of the guidelines include:
 

  • The investigation is followed and controlled by a steering group with all stakeholders, including the occupants´ representatives.

  • Since the causes of the complaints are unknown from the beginning, the investigation should always start with an overview of all possible causative factors, including moist, ventilation systems, chemicals, occupants’ habits, psychosocial and individual factors.

  • The investigation follows a general step-by-step procedure.


The SWESIAQ guidelines were presented at the HB2017 conference in Lublin last year and can be downloaded as a 40 page PDF-file in Swedish. The HB2017 abstract and presentation in English are also available at the SWESIAQ homepage. The SWESIAQ Board is planning a translation to English of the complete document.

For more information, contact Anders Lundin, editor of the SWESIAQ newsletter.

 

Professor Positions at Missouri University of Science and Technology, US


Missouri S&T is seeking candidates in interdisciplinary research to advance the campus signature area of Smart Living. Smart Living seeks to improve the human living condition by enhancing the integrated system of people, technology and the environment. Smart Living requires an interdisciplinary effort in numerous fields among the business, computing, economics, engineering, humanities, mathematics and statistics, policy, science, and social science disciplines to advance a sustainable, usable, and healthy society. New hires may start in Fall 2018, Spring 2019, or Fall 2019.


For more information and to apply click here.  
 

New Report: Indoor Air Quality in Cars


In 2017 the Danish Environmental Protection Agency performed a risk as-assessment of the volatile chemical substances released from car interiors into the car´s indoor climate. The basis for the assessment was the available literature from measurements performed around the world.  A list of harmful substances was set and exposure scenarios were established.
 

For more information and to discover the results, access the report here
 

 

ISIAQ - January 2018