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Indoor Environments and Green Buildings Policy Resource Center

Clone of Database of State Indoor Air Quality Laws

Including Laws Enacted through December 2013

The ELI Database of State IAQ Laws is a compilation of laws, updated annually, that reflects a wide range of state policy strategies to improve IAQ.  

How is the Database Available? Download one of the following Database PDFs:

What Types of Policy Documents are Included in the Database? The Database contains enacted state laws. In some cases, regulations or guidance documents established pursuant to individual laws are noted. The Database does not include federal or local IAQ laws.

What IAQ Issues are Covered by the Database? The Database includes laws that address a variety of pollutants, practices, and building types. Given the multi-faceted nature of IAQ issues, the Database cannot include all IAQ-related laws. The aim of the Database is not to indicate how many laws exist, but rather to show the different types of policy strategies states have employed. Some issues (e.g., lead paint, asbestos, second-hand smoke) are excluded from the database because they are documented elsewhere. Highlights from the 2013 update include: 

  • A new California law requiring the development of building code standards mandating carbon monoxide devices in new K-12 schools
  • A new Minnesota law requiring information about radon during sales of new homes
  • A new Minnesota law prohibiting the sale of children’s products that intentionally contain formaldehyde 

What other information on IAQ policy does ELI provide?  ELI provides a variety of reports, briefs, and other materials on state and local IAQ laws.  Some of these materials are updated more frequently than the Database. To browse and download ELI’s IAQ policy materials, please visit our Indoor Environments and Green Buildings Policy Resource Center. For ELI materials on the topics of IAQ in schools and radon, see http://www.eli.org/buildings/publications-topic#schools.