Indoor Environments and Green Buildings Policy Resource Center
Database of State Indoor Air Quality Laws
Including Laws Enacted through December 2012
States can play an important role in advancing public health by establishing public policies to protect and improve indoor air quality. The ELI Database of State IAQ Laws is a compilation of laws that reflect a wide range of policy strategies enacted to date.
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 any federal or local IAQ laws or regulations.
What Types of 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 laws that may have an impact on the indoor environment. The purpose of the database is not to indicate how many laws exist, but rather to provide examples of the different types of policy strategies that states have employed. Some types of laws are excluded from the database because they are well documented elsewhere. For example, the Database does not include laws dealing with certain important indoor pollutants — e.g., lead, asbestos, environmental tobacco smoke, pesticides. The Database does, however, include laws that address other contaminants, such as radon and mold. Additionally, most “green building” laws are not included, although information on this topic is available in other ELI publications.
To access other ELI publications on state and local policies, please visit our Indoor Environments and Green Buildings Policy Resource Center.