Media Alert: New Scientific Findings on IAQ Unveiled, Forums Hosted at Indoor Air 2011

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AQS and GEI present a series of exciting forums and peer-reviewed papers at international conference

What:
New Scientific Findings on IAQ Unveiled, Forums Hosted at Indoor Air 2011

Who:
Air Quality Sciences, Inc. (AQS)
GREENGUARD Environmental Institute (GEI)

When:
Forums: Thursday, June 9 at 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. CST
Presentations: Monday through Thursday, June 6 - 9

Where:
Indoor Air 2011
AQS/GEI Booth, #26
Austin Convention Center
500 East Cesar Chavez Street
Austin, Texas

Air Quality Sciences, Inc. (AQS), North America’s leading product emissions testing laboratory and services provider, and the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute (GEI), North America’s preeminent third-party indoor air quality product certifier, will present a series of exciting forums and peer-reviewed papers at Indoor Air 2011, the 12th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality and Climate.

A schedule of the presentations and forums is as follows:

  • Solving FEMA’s Temporary Housing Unit Formaldehyde Issue (Presentation)

10 a.m. CDT, Monday, June 6

The manufactured housing industry has seen its fair share of criticism over high levels of formaldehyde. This study illustrates that commitment to source control can be implemented to address chemicals of concern, as successfully demonstrated by FEMA. (Presenter: Scott Laughlin, AQS Technical Consultant)

Read the paper in its entirety at this link.

  • The Use of TVOC in Conjunction with Individual Volatile Organic Compound Criteria to Create High Performance Indoor Spaces (Presentation)

3:30 p.m. CDT, Monday, June 6

This paper explores over 20 years of data and thousands of chemicals to understand the strengths and limitations of TVOC as a valuable metric for high performance indoor products and buildings. (Presenter: Stephany Mason, Ph.D., AQS Principal Scientist)

Read the paper in its entirety at this link.

  • Efficacy Assessment of A Managed Program For Mold Prevention In Buildings (Presentation)

1 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, June 7

This presentation evaluates the efficacy and cost effectiveness of mold prevention programs. Findings demonstrate that stringent design review, robust moisture and mold management plans during construction, and instructional guidelines to operations staff are cost effective strategies to prevent moisture problems. (Presenter: Elliott Horner, Ph.D., AQS Principal Consultant)

Read the paper in its entirety at this link.

  • IAQ Study of Schools in Relation to Flooring Types and Cleaning Processes

10 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, June 8 (Presentation)

Protecting indoor air quality in schools and children’s health are two major, national priorities. Results of this study show that routine “green” cleaning can significantly decrease pollution and VOC exposure, two attributes commonly associated with traditional “deep” or “limited” cleaning procedures. (Presenter: Marilyn Black, Ph.D., President of AQS)

Read the paper in its entirety at this link.

  • Paint Volatile Organic Compound Emissions and Volatile Organic Compound Content Comparison Study (Presentation)

8 a.m. to 6 p.m. CDT, Thursday, June 9

This paper explores the relationship between VOC content and emissions, specifically in regards to paint. Dynamic, 14-day, environmental chamber emissions testing was conducted on 26 paint products, ranging from 0 to 150 g/L in VOC content, to debunk “low VOC” or “no VOC” marketing claims. (Presenter: Stephany Mason, Ph.D., AQS Principal Scientist)

Read the paper in its entirety at this link.

  • Reducing Chemical Exposure to Protect Children’s Health – Furniture and Bedding Case Studies (Presentation)

8 a.m. to 6 p.m. CDT, Thursday, June 9

In recent years of product emissions testing an increasing number of chemicals have been detected, indicating that VOC criteria lists do not always cover every chemical emitted. This paper provides a summary of primary VOC emissions from furniture and bedding products. (Presenter: Brian Englert, Ph.D., GEI Manager of Science and Standards)

Read the paper in its entirety at this link.

  • Health and Chemical Criteria for Assessing Building Product Emissions (Forum)

10:00 a.m. CDT, Thursday, June 9

This forum will explore product emissions and chemical criteria currently being used to assess their potential health impact, as highlighted in four Indoor Air 2011 featured papers. It will include a Q & A session in which panelists will discuss chemical emission measurements from a range of product types; acute and chronic health criteria available for assessment; and the feasibility of assessment procedures.

  • Assessing IAQ Performance for Green Product Labeling Programs (Forum)

3:30 p.m. CDT, Thursday, June 9

Green building, green product requirements and the importance of a product’s IAQ performance will be the focus of this forum. A facilitated Q & A session will allow panelists to talk about the importance of IAQ in the overall performance and acceptability of high performing, green buildings; current national programs used to assess performance of low emitting products and their effectiveness; and the science behind emissions testing. Discussion will highlight one of the GEI featured papers, Meeting the Challenge of Reducing VOC Product Emissions: A 20 Year Review, in addition to three other key papers. Read the GEI paper in its entirety at this link.

Members of the news media may email media(at)aqs(dot)com or media(at)greenguard(dot)org to receive an instant digital media kit.

Indoor Air 2011 runs June 5 through June 10 in Austin, Texas.

About Air Quality Sciences (AQS)

Air Quality Sciences, Inc. (AQS), a member of the Underwriters Laboratories® Global Network, is a renowned indoor air quality testing and research laboratory. With the largest environmental chamber facility in North America, AQS conducts certification services for the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute and partners with key programs like the CRI IAQ Green Label Plus Testing Program, Green Seal, EcoLogo, CHPS, and USGBC, in testing products for their volatile organic compounds and determining their impact on IAQ. AQS has tested over 70,000 products, including cleaning chemicals, and has a room sized chamber dedicated to testing the emissions and efficacy of cleaning processes. For more information, visit http://www.aqs.com.

About the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute (GEI)

The GREENGUARD Environmental Institute aims to protect human health and improve quality of life by enhancing indoor air quality and reducing people’s exposure to chemicals and other pollutants. As an ISO-IEC Guide 65:1996 accredited, third-party organization, the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute certifies products and materials for low chemical emissions and serves as a resource for choosing healthier products and materials for indoor environments. All certified products must meet stringent chemical emissions standards based on established criteria from key public health agencies. GREENGUARD Certification is broadly recognized and accepted by sustainable building programs and building codes worldwide. For more information and a complete listing of certified products, visit http://www.greenguard.org.

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