An elective course in the Certificate Program in Facilities Management.
People spend 90% of their time indoors. In order to protect their safety and health, it is crucial to protect the indoor air quality (IAQ) through facility design and management. This course is therefore designed to examine the threat posed to the indoor air quality in schools, work places and office buildings. Participants will list various factors that contribute to poor indoor air quality. Participants will also gain a deeper understanding regarding the relation between indoor air quality and energy efficiency. The course addresses the role of indoor air quality in green building design and sustainability. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) requirements related to indoor air quality will be reviewed. In addition, the role of mechanical ventilation systems in causing indoor air quality problems and the resolution of those problems will be discussed. The course will explore the following: sources of indoor air pollutants, “sick building syndrome”, mold, indoor air quality program management, COVID-19 and IAQ regulatory requirements.
The courses will use the below resources:
- The United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) https://www.epa.gov/indoor-air-quality-iaq
- E. Burroughs, Shirley J. Hansen, ‘Managing Indoor Air Quality’ (The Fairmont Press, Inc.) – full book available as a PDF (http://dl.mozh.org/up/Managing_Indoor_Air_Qualityy.pdf)