Healthy Buildings and Indoor Air Quality: Choosing Materials and Cleaning Supplies to Maintain Green Building Environments
Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 1:00 to 3:30 PM PT/Streamed Panel Discussion: 1:30 to 3:00 PM PT/ 4:30 to 6:00 PM ET
Over the past several years, the building industry has made enormous strides in improving building efficiency, sustainability, and technological innovations. As this scope of work continues to grow, an emerging and ongoing focus area is the quality of health within the building itself.
The purpose of this roundtable is to identify ways of improving and promoting a healthy living and work space by protecting the quality of indoor air from chemical off-gassing from building materials, furniture, and supplies, and from contaminants that may exist in soils beneath buildings. When redeveloping urban properties, a vapor mitigation system is often designed to prevent intrusion of contaminants from below ground to indoor spaces. One of the complications of testing these systems is the interference from chemicals coming from cleaning supplies, office supplies, and building materials. Our expert panel will share best practices and review the process of tracking air quality, choosing materials, and designing indoor environments that can positively affect occupant’s health, productivity, and overall well-being.
Topics to be addressed will include:
- What are resources, guidelines, and best practices for selecting building materials, furniture, and supplies that minimize off-gassing?
- How do common materials certifications programs address the potential for chemical off-gassing?
- Why is the quality of indoor air quality becoming a focus of environmental health regulatory agencies?
- How are building occupants protected from potential contaminants in environmental media beneath buildings?