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Introduction to Indoor Air Quality

John C. Huang, Ph.D, PE, LEED AP

Course Outline

A good indoor environment is very important because it can impact the health, comfort, well-being, and productivity of building occupants. Although building managers have the primary responsibilty for maintaining indoor air quality, building tenants and occupants can play an equally important role in controlling and improving indoor air quality in their offices. In this course, you will learn the factors that affects Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) and the simple ways to contibute to good indoor air quality and work environment. This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of course materials.

Learning Objective

At the conclusion of this course, the student will:

Intended Audience

This course is intended for architects, engineers, building occupants & managers and other professionals interested in promoting Indoor Air Quality.

Benefit to Attendees

Attendees of this course will be able to understand and contribute to Indoor Air Quality.

Course Content

In this lesson, you are required to download and study the following EPA publication:

EPA-402-K-97-003: An Office Building Occupant's Guide to Indoor Air Quality (PDF, 11 pages, 1997)

Please click on the above underlined hypertext to view, download or print the document for your study. Because of the large file size, we recommend that you first save the file to your computer by right clicking the mouse and choosing "Save Target As ...", and then open the file in Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you still experience any difficulty in downloading or opening this file, you may need to close some applications or reboot your computer to free up some memory.

Course Summary

Improved indoor air quality can result in higher productivity and fewer lost work days. Maintaining good indoor air quality in buildings is not just the duty of building managers. Every building occupant can contribute to good indoor air quality by doing his/her share, from disposing of garbage properly to reporting a possible IAQ problem promptly.

Related Links

For additional technical information related to this subject, please visit the following web pages/sites:

1. EPA - Indoor Air Quality
2. OSHA 3430-04: Indoor Air Quality in Commercial and Institutional Buildings
3. The Indoor Air Quality Association


Once you finish studying the above course content, you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.

Take a Quiz

DISCLAIMER: The materials contained in the online course are not intended as a representation or warranty on the part of PDH Center or any other person/organization named herein. The materials are for general information only. They are not a substitute for competent professional advice. Application of this information to a specific project should be reviewed by a registered architect and/or professional engineer/surveyor. Anyone making use of the information set forth herein does so at their own risk and assumes any and all resulting liability arising therefrom.