Introduction

This Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Scientific Findings Resource Bank (IAQ-SFRB) is being developed by the Indoor Environment Group of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory with funding support from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency provided through an interagency agreement. The IAQ-SFRB serves as a resource for public health professionals, building professionals, and others who seek scientific information about the effects of IAQ on people's health or work performance. For general introductory-level background information on IAQ, please see An Overview of IAQ.

The IAQ-SFRB provides information summarizing the state of scientific knowledge about the relationships between people's health and productivity and the IAQ conditions or associated building characteristics in which the people work or reside. When possible, these relationships are expressed in quantitative terms using graphics, charts, or equations. The summaries also include brief descriptions of the actions that may be taken to improve the pertinent aspects of IAQ, including those related to building design, construction, operation, maintenance, and occupant activities. This web site also provides links for downloading published journal articles that were developed specifically for the IAQ-SFRB project.

The IAQ-SFRB provides concise summary information that is well-supported by scientific research. The summary information is based upon the published findings of research performed throughout the world. For conciseness, when possible, the IAQ-SFRB refers to recent critical-review articles of the relevant scientific knowledge published in peer-reviewed journals. When suitable critical-review articles are unavailable, the IAQ-SFRB summarizes the findings of relevant key research papers and draws general conclusions about the state of knowledge. Additionally, in support of the IAQ-SFRB, new statistical analyses of available data and critical-review articles have been developed and published in scientific journals. All of the information provided in the IAQ-SFRB has undergone review by multiple experts other than the authors.

The web site is designed to serve the needs of a variety of users. For users with a less technical background and those who just need the main findings, each section of the web site starts with a brief summary. Those who seek more information can read the more-detailed descriptions of current knowledge linked to each summary. Users seeking only guidance for building design or operation can jump to sections of the web site describing the related best practices.

The IAQ-SFRB web site is updated periodically to address additional scientific topics and incorporate new information (list of updates).

Detailed Reviews:

Detailed and comprehensive information is provided for the following topics. The information is presented in a "drill-down" format that starts with concise summary points with web links to allow users to access more in-depth technical information, including downloadable journal articles and lists of supporting references. The goal of the IAQ SFRB web site is to provide this type of review for all topics; however, it is only available for the following topics at this time.

Brief Reviews:

A brief introductory topical summary with links to downloadable technical papers is provided for the following topic. Over time, more detailed information, including concise summary points and in-depth supporting technical information, will be provided for this and other new topics.

Health and Economic Impacts of Building Ventilation

Impacts of Indoor Environments on Human Performance and Productivity

Indoor Dampness, Biological Contaminants and Health

Benefits of Improving Indoor Environmental Quality

Indoor Volatile Organic Compounds and Health