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Indoor Air Quality

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Much of our lives is spent indoors where we live, work, and play. What is in the air we breathe indoors affects our health and quality of life. Some common pollutants that could be present in indoor air include carbon monoxide, radon, mold, asbestos, formaldehyde, and other volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

A number of projects on Public Lab have explored indoor air quality, monitoring and remediation. Check out the materials below, follow the tag indoor-air-quality and add your materials to this topic.

Questions

Title Author Updated Likes Comments
Is there a correlation between humidity and particulates in the air? @sarasage 4 months ago 2
HOW do i find testing for air quality in my home - specifically for silica? @MaryBandy 10 months ago 2
What are indoor air quality concerns related to nail salons? @stevie over 2 years ago 7
Could local mining affect local radon levels? @stevie over 2 years ago 2
What happens if I inhale too much formaldehyde? @liz almost 3 years ago 2
Can Bio-char products absorb CAFO gases like Hydrogen Sulfide or Ammonia? @zengirl2 over 3 years ago 3
What are ways to make DIY filters to remove particulate pollution from indoor air? @zengirl2 almost 4 years ago 11
Methods for or experience measuring workplace hydrogen sulfide gas? @gretchengehrke over 4 years ago 2
What kinds of toxins can be filtered by plants, and how do we know? @warren over 4 years ago 3
Has anyone used a radon test kit? @stevie almost 5 years ago 4
What is the best options for mold testing? @nshapiro about 5 years ago 0
In the plant based air purifier, could airflow go the other way, using an unmodified pump? @warren about 5 years ago 9
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Research notes

Title Author Updated Likes Comments
How to Monitor Indoor TVOC with Raspberry PI @Makepcb 5 months ago 1
Seeking an Air Research Curation Fellow @bhamster 6 months ago 0
Can people make their own masks to protect from coronavirus? @joyofsoy almost 2 years ago 4
Building Snake Plant Air Remediation kit in Bangalore, India @deeptalaxmibharadwaj almost 2 years ago 2
An Insight on Indoor Air Pollutants: Factors, Sources & Pollutants. @silentsairam over 2 years ago 2
Indoor microbiome sampler (vacuum adapter) @nshapiro over 2 years ago 2
Building a plant-based air purifier kit at Barnraising @warren about 3 years ago 8
#Next steps - Indoor Air Remediation Kit—Paris Working progress & Prototypes 18/09/18 @cguerin about 3 years ago 1
SmART-FORM Badge Lighting Analysis Experiments @haines241 over 3 years ago 3
Indoor Air Remediation Kit—Paris Prototype and Workshop 2/2/18 @nshapiro almost 4 years ago 5
Refining the user interface of a community science app @nshapiro almost 4 years ago 5
Formaldehyde Monitoring Open Call on Tuesday, January 16th at 3:00 pm ET @nshapiro almost 4 years ago 1
Low cost sensor for air quality monitoring @mprof9 about 4 years ago 4
Smartphone App for Residential Testing of Formaldehyde (SMART-FORM) Interim report @nshapiro about 4 years ago 5
INDOOR AIR QUALITY REMEDIATION KIT @cguerin over 4 years ago 3
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Wikis

All wiki pages relating to air quality:

Title Updated Version Views Likes
Indoor Air Quality over 1 year ago by bhamster 8 266 0
Air Quality Class over 2 years ago by warren 60 500 3
SmART-Form almost 4 years ago by gretchengehrke 14 568 4
Formaldehyde about 4 years ago by gretchengehrke 5 433 1
BioBroth Bubbler over 4 years ago by warren 3 729 0
Massachusetts Indoor Air about 5 years ago by gretchengehrke 1 255 0
Oklahoma Indoor Air about 5 years ago by gretchengehrke 2 155 0
Vermont Indoor Air about 5 years ago by gretchengehrke 7 348 1
Formaldehyde Exposure over 5 years ago by nshapiro 42 1,476 5
Formaldehyde Test Kit about 6 years ago by mathew 23 4,005 9
Indoor Air Quality Monitoring & Mitigation about 6 years ago by liz 48 1,877 12
WhereWeBreathe about 6 years ago by liz 24 648 6
Roomba Air Quality Monitoring over 6 years ago by Shannon 2 456 1

Regulations on indoor air quality

Federal regulations

Many of us spend a large portion of our time indoors, and yet indoor air quality remains largely unregulated at the federal level in the US [1]. For office buildings and other workplaces, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration sets rules on ventilation and some air pollutants [2], but there are no federal regulatory standards on indoor air quality for these spaces. In addition, the air we breathe inside our schools [3], homes, and apartment buildings also lacks federal air quality standards, leaving individual states to set their own rules.

Sources:
1. https://www.epa.gov/regulatory-information-topic/regulatory-information-topic-air#indoorair 2. https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/indoorairquality/ 3. https://www.epa.gov/iaq-schools/are-schools-required-follow-epas-iaq-tools-schools-guidance

Local, tribal, or state regulations

The Environmental Law Institute maintains a searchable database of indoor air quality laws in individual US states here:
https://www.eli.org/buildings/database-state-indoor-air-quality-laws

The US Environmental Protection Agency provides links to state, tribal, and regional indoor air quality programs here:
https://www.epa.gov/indoor-air-quality-iaq/epa-regional-office-and-state-indoor-air-quality-information