SOURCE: Air Quality Sciences, Inc.

October 29, 2007 12:08 ET

Energy Conservation and IAQ: AQS Reports Focus on Protecting Public Health

ATLANTA, GA--(Marketwire - October 29, 2007) - In response to concerns about global warming and the growing popularity of sustainable (green) building in both the commercial and residential sectors, energy conservation usually takes center stage. Yet, according to a new research report from Air Quality Sciences, Inc. (AQS), as demand for energy continues to increase and concerns about global warming grow, an important lesson about indoor air quality (IAQ) is at risk of being forgotten: IAQ and energy conservation are interdependent and both should be given the same priority to ensure the health of building occupants.

"What is missing in today's discourse is the understanding that to pursue energy conservation in homes and buildings without taking the quality of indoor air into consideration puts building occupants at unnecessary health risk. Conversely, to pursue good IAQ without considering the efficient use of energy may unnecessarily increase energy costs and emissions of greenhouse gases, thereby contributing to outdoor air pollution and global warming. The two go together," said Marilyn S. Black, PhD, CEO and chief scientist at AQS.

According to the new AQS report, "Energy Conservation and Indoor Air Quality: Partnering to Protect Public Health," the relationship between IAQ and the use of energy to heat, cool and ventilate buildings is well documented throughout history. The report briefly reviews the history of IAQ and energy conservation during the past 40 years and how indoor air contaminants can affect human health, with the goal of reminding readers that outdoor and indoor environments are not mutually exclusive nor are the efficient use of energy and IAQ. A companion report, "Energy Conservation and Indoor Air Quality: Lessons From the Past Have Relevance for the Future," reviews the history of energy conservation and IAQ from early human history to 1970.

Numerous studies on energy conservation and IAQ in buildings have been done since the energy crises of the 1970s inspired changes in how buildings were designed, built and maintained. The results of these studies have shown that the design of the building and its heating, ventilating and air-conditioning (HVAC) system, materials used to construct a building's exterior and interior, construction practices, operating and maintenance, and human activities have a direct influence on energy use, carbon and particulate emissions, and IAQ.

"The key difference today as compared with the 1970s is there is 40 years of experience and research on which to base decisions and to adopt viable strategies that address both energy conservation and IAQ concerns. AQS stands ready to partner with the building owners, designers, specifiers, builders, and operation and maintenance personnel to create and maintain healthy indoor environments," Dr. Black said.

Both research reports, "Energy Conservation and Indoor Air Quality: Partnering to Protect Public Health," and "Energy Conservation and Indoor Air Quality: Lessons From the Past Have Relevance for the Future," are available free of charge from the Aerias-AQS IAQ Resource Center website, under Premium Content.

Air Quality Sciences, Inc. is a fully integrated indoor air quality (IAQ) company that provides solutions to create healthy indoor environments and avoid potentially dangerous indoor pollution. As the only IAQ firm with internal labs that are both ISO 9001:2000 registered and AIHA EMLAP accredited, AQS sets the standard for effective diagnoses and solutions. AQS also is a test laboratory for both the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute and the Blue Angel Labeling programs, which provide independent, third party certification for low-emitting products used indoors. To learn more about AQS, Blue Angel and GREENGUARD, visit www.aqs.com, www.blauer-engel.de or www.greenguard.org, respectively. To learn more about indoor air quality, visit Aerias-AQS IAQ Resource Center at www.aerias.org.

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