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CCIAQB's Objective

The objective of the CCIAQB is, ultimately, to improve indoor air quality for all Canadians inRooftop_Packaged_Units every type of building. The CCIAQB has decided that its initial focus should be on buildings where many Canadians spend time outside their home, working, learning, shopping, being entertained, etc. For the most part, these buildings have relatively complex heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems that are operated and managed by knowledgeable persons. The table below gives examples of buildings that are covered using the classification found in the National Building Code of Canada (NBC). Documents produced by the CCIAQB are primarily intended for the use of building operators and facility managers, but the information contained in the guides can be helpful to anyone seeking a general understanding of indoor air quality issues.

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For access to our modules on Indoor Air Quality please go to: iaqforum.ca/downloads/

The Committee welcomes feedback on the documents as well as ideas for the development of new materials. Contact the CCIAQB Secretary at info@IAQforum.ca or through our website at www.IAQforum.ca

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Canadian Committee on Indoor Air Quality and Buildings

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The goal of the Canadian Committee on Indoor Air Quality and Buildings is to improve indoor air quality in buildings and, ultimately, the health of occupants, by providing a national forum and clearinghouse for ‘best-of-knowledge’ information on the design and operations of buildings as they affect indoor air quality.

Its mandate is to:

  • solicit and review relevant information;
  • identify gaps and issues;
  • provide discussion forum;
  • recommend studies;
  • develop “best-of-knowledge” positions and best practices;
  • disseminate knowledge;
  • promote adoption of uniform requirements, best practices and guidelines for the design and operation of buildings; and
  • provide guidance for evaluation of solutions and technologies.

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Collaboration for Healthy School in Pennsylvania

Western Pennsylvania K-12 schools will benefit from a new partnership aimed at improving environmental health conditions.  Funded by the Heinz Endowments, the initiative will provide hands-on assistance and expertise to districts, while offering limited financial support for equipment, supplies and staff time for program implementation. See http://www.newpittsburghcourieronline.com/index.php/youth/12955-healthy-schools-cleaning-up-local-districts

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Climate change could affect IAQ

A recent review of how climate change could affect indoor air quality offers a fresh insight into the potential adverse public-health impacts of climate change.  The author, William Nazaroff of the University of California said: “Attention is skewed and outdoor issues get much more attention than indoor issues. The research community needs to be reminded that the air around us indoors matters as much as, or even more than, outdoor air.” Nazaroff’s paper is part of the ERL Focus on Environmental Assessments in the Built Environment.

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