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Coverage of indoor air quality since June 6, 2023.

Floods and fires: Climate change brings health risks, finds B.C. report

"...Dr. Patricia Daly says those risks from climate extremes are different in each community under the authority which encompasses 1. 25 million people, depending on geography and demographics..."

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Vancouver medical health officer says climate change puts many at risk

"...In her first report since the COVID-19 pandemic, Daly says climate change presents a range of health risks including extreme heat, wildfire smoke, flooding and droughts..."

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Group of University of Waterloo students demanding improved response to COVID-19-related issues

"...The CARE Coalition's demands include improved communication about COVID-19, indoor air quality measures, ongoing monitoring of and response to COVID-19-related risks, and measures to support equity, accessibility and inclusion..."

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PODCAST: The far-reaching health consequences of B.C.s wildfires

"...Armel Castellan, a warning preparedness meteorologist, provides a perspective on the unprecedented heatwaves and droughts that exacerbated the wildfire situation. He highlights the increasing frequency and severity of extreme weather events due to climate change, which contribute to prolonged wildfire seasons and hazardous smoke conditions..."

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Wildfire smoke highlights need for better ventilation in public spaces

"...Particulate matter, fine particles in the air smoke being one of them is by far the most harmful pollutant and what causes the most damage to public health, said Joey Fox, an HVAC engineer and chair of the indoor air quality advisory group for the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers..."

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Wildfire smoke shows need for better ventilation in public spaces

"...Regulations on air quality vary across federal and provincial jurisdictions but none mandate the use of high efficiency particulate air – or HEPA – filters, or those that have a minimum efficiency reporting value of 13 – termed MERV-13 – or higher. Many organizations are opting to improve their ventilation systems, but Fox believes high-quality filters should be a requirement, not a suggestion. What people are reading The next election will be a battle of the sexes By Max Fawcett | Opinion, Politics | July 20th 2023 "Buildings have been making us sick," he said..."

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Wildfire smoke spotlights need for better indoor air quality, experts say

"...Health concerns over smoke from forest fires were pushed to the forefront this week after a nine-year-old boy in British Columbia died from asthma exacerbated by wildfire smoke. Experts say current air quality recommendations for public spaces are not sufficient to prevent small particulate matter, including pollutants in smoke, from circulating indoors. As wildfires are expected to grow in the coming years _ estimates have said they will increase 25 per cent by 2030 _ thinking about how to make indoor air safer to breathe is paramount, experts say..."

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Hot weather in Manitoba spurs calls for air conditioning in apartments

"...Tara Smith, owner of Mr. Furnace, says there should be rules around the maximum temperature for buildings in the summertime as it could cause adverse health risks for hundreds of people down the road. “There's no law for homes at all, for any requirement to put air conditioning and indoor air quality..."

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Expand the CleanBC Income Qualified Program! A letter to the BC Government

"...Extreme heat and weather induced by climate change is already killing British Columbians, as the June 2021 heat dome and subsequent Extreme Heat Death Review Panel Report demonstrated. Yet, we know that home retrofits to improve air quality, increase energy efficiency, and provide cooling can save lives..."

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Cottage country, eastern Ontario blanketed in forest fire smoke: Environment Canada Globalnews.ca

"...An air quality statement was issued by Environment Canada for large parts of northern Ontario, as well as the Peterborough area, parts of Georgian Bay including Parry Sound and as far east as Ottawa. Smog warnings were in place for parts of Quebec bordering Ontario. “High levels of air pollution have developed due to smoke from forest fires,” the special air quality statement read..."

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Wildfires may keep you inside more often this summer. Is it safe to run the AC? Globalnews.ca

"...While some air conditioners can effectively reduce pollutants from wildfire smoke and improve indoor air quality, there are others that might draw smoke into your home. “Wildfire smoke is made up of a whole soup of pollutants,” explained Dr. Samantha Green, a family physician at Unity Health Toronto..."

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Jobs in indoor air quality

Recent employment opportunities from across Canada.

Laboratory Warehouse Assistant

"...is proud to deliver quality testing lab services to clients throughout Canada, including Toronto, Ottawa and surrounding areas in..."

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Shipper/Receiver

"...indoor air environments? BGE is looking for a detail-oriented individual to work alongside our Prince George Team in the role of Shipper/Receiver..."

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Administrative Assistant/Assistant Administratif

"...is one of the leading providers of customer service across Canada, including Toronto, Ottawa and surrounding areas in Ontario..."

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Admin Support

"...indoor air environments? BGE is looking for an organized and detail orientated individual to work alongside our Edmonton team in the role of Admin Support..."

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Podcasts

Recent episodes that mention indoor air quality.

Indoor Air Quality Transparency with RESET™

Duration: 45:17

"...We can survive for weeks without food and days without water..."

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Indoor Air Quality Transparency with RESET™

Duration: 45:17

"...We can survive for weeks without food and days without water..."

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179 Why airtightness is so important for indoor air quality

Duration: 34:31

"...Terry Brennan literally wrote the book on managing moisture for improved indoor air quality..."

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Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about indoor air quality.

They built dream natural Roundhouse with hempcrete, cob & lime

"...Decker explains that not only is hempcrete extremely durable, but its also fire and earthquake-resistant and can help with indoor air quality since its very breathable and mold-reducing..."

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Weve Been Wrong About How We Build Homes

"...Passive House (Passivhaus) represents todays highest energy standard for building performance with the promise of reducing the operational energy consumption of buildings by up to 75% in California, while providing superior comfort and extreme indoor air quality all with minimal additional upfront investment. ..."

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Turns drafty townhome into tranquil Cork Passive House

"...While the house passed the blower door test ensuring the doors and windows dont leak, the home's walls are all-natural - cork, brick, and clay - so the house breathes, allowing for clean indoor air quality..."

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How To Improve Indoor Air Quality

"...Why do we pay attention to the quality of our drinking water, but not to our indoor air? Scientific American's Senior Health Editor, Tanya Lewis, explains how and why this matters..."

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Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about indoor air quality relevant to the latest news.

Designing IoT-Based Products for Indoor Air Quality Management: A Design Thinking Methodology

"...To reduce the impact, Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) investigation is increasingly a subject of utmost importance for mankind nowadays, since people spend most of their time indoors, where the pollution level is higher than outdoors..."

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Environmental effects from the use of traditional biomass for heating in rural areas: a case study of Anogeia, Crete

"...The air quality analysis showed very high concentrations of indoor air pollutants in most old buildings with seniors using traditional heating systems..."

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Biosensors: Remediation Tool for Indoor Air Pollution

"...To lessen the effects of indoor air pollutants on health and the environment, there is a need for developing rapid, cost-effective, and sensitive technology to detect these pollutants and helps with remediation..."

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Indoor Air Sensing: A Study in Cost, Energy, Reliability and Fidelity in Sensing

"...The rise in environmental pollution and degradation of air quality worldwide has dragged researchers? attention due to its direct societal impact..."

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Identifying spatiotemporal information of the point pollutant source indoors based on the adjoint-regularization method

"...Fast and accurate identification of the pollutant source location and release rate is important for improving indoor air quality..."

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Improving the Efficiency of the Indoor Air Purification from Formaldehyde by Plants Colonized by Endophytic Bacteria Ochrobactr

"...This implied that endophytic bacteria could not only effectively improve the removal efficiency of formaldehyde, but also increased the resistance of not-native host plants to formaldehyde toxicity, suggesting its potential in an integrated system which provides a new path of an efficient and economical approach to radically improve indoor air quality, especially at nighttime..."

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Integrated Modeling Approach for Developing Sustainable Buildings: A State of the Art

"...However, it involves a number of parameters like improved indoor air quality, adequate daylight, selection of material, etc..."

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Numerical Simulation and Optimisation of a New Air Purification System Based on CFD

"...Indoor air pollution directly threatens human health, with prolonged exposure to pollutants leading to respiratory problems, immune system issues, and even cancer..."

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Improving IAQ with Reduced Energy Cost in the Aeronautical Facilities

"...The COVID-19 has affected millions of people across the world and has raised awareness of the importance of good indoor air quality (IAQ) in Aeronautical facilities together with other all types of residential and commercial buildings..."

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Indoor Environmental Quality Assessment in a Newly Renovated Office Building in Delhi City

"...The data analysis includes pollutant concentrations with and without operation of the ventilation system, indoor/outdoor ratio of pollutants, indoor air quality during working and non-working hours etc..."

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Sustainable development by carbon emission reduction and its quantification: an overview of current methods and best practices

"...This review paper examines a range of strategies and methodologies, including green building rating systems, sustainable materials and renewable energy, smart building management systems, carbon capture and storage, life cycle assessments, and greenhouse protocols, that can facilitate sustainable development by reducing and quantifying carbon emissions..."

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Predicting indoor particle dispersion under dynamic ventilation modes with high-order Markov chain model

"...Mechanical and natural ventilations are effective measures to remove indoor airborne contaminants, thereby creating improved indoor air quality (IAQ)..."

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