Developments in State Policy
Summary of ASHRAE Standard 188-2018
Background – Legionella and Indoor Air Quality
Environmental site hazards may arise from contamination caused by historical uses of a property, or from nearby activities that remain a source of pollution or other environmental health concerns. Identifying and remedying such hazards before a child care facility is licensed, as well as during facility operations, can help prevent and reduce harmful exposures to staff and children. It is especially important to prevent environmental exposures to young children, because their developing bodies may make them more vulnerable to the effects of contaminants.
Indoor Air Quality in Homes: State Policies for Improving Health Now and Addressing Future Risks in a Changing Climate discusses three residential indoor air quality issues that are significant now and may be impacted further by a changing climate: wildfire smoke; dampness and mold; and the effect of energy efficiency retrofits on indoor air quality. The report reviews current state policies and programs in these areas and highlights approaches for consideration by other jurisdictions.
As efforts to address climate change accelerate, government policies and programs will continue to look to energy efficiency as a powerful and cost-effective strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Energy efficiency upgrades can help school districts advance their educational mission by reducing energy and other operating costs. Protecting and enhancing indoor air quality also supports the core mission of schools by promoting staff and student health, productivity, and attendance.
Indoor Air Quality in Rental Dwellings:
State Laws Addressing Radon, Mold and Secondhand Smoke
District of Columbia
The quality of the air inside our nation’s 125,000 schoolhouses is important not only to the physical health and well-being of students and staff, but also to the core mission of our schools — educational excellence and academic achievement. This report discusses how state policy can ensure that all K-12 schools address basic IAQ issues as part of their ongoing operations and maintenance activities. The report examines leading state policy models and identifies key considerations for developing an effective policy.
This report describes state laws and regulations that address several key issues relating to indoor air quality in new home construction. Its purpose is to increase understanding of ways in which states have adopted legal requirements for improving indoor air quality that go beyond typical residential building code measures.
The past few years have seen a tremendous surge in municipal green building policies. A growing number of local governments recognize that changing building practices is important not only for conserving scarce natural resources and preventing pollution, but also for improving health and productivity and achieving economic sustainability.
Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer and the seventh leading cause of cancer mortality overall. Many states have adopted laws, regulations, and policies that address radon in some fashion, yet stronger measures are needed to accelerate action. Radon in Homes discusses key developments in state policy and highlights opportunities for strengthening policies to reduce risk from indoor radon exposure.