Nice little ski resort in the heart of Pennsylvania set the scene for another one of Joe Hughes (IAQ Training Institute) summer (or post summer) conferences called Research to Practice for Healthy Building Professionals. As always Joe put out incredible line up of speakers with the keynote being our fellow Torontonian Jeffrey Siegel, PhD from University of Toronto. As the title says, aspect was on Research to Practice and at the end, consensus was that the industry would greatly benefit from it. No matter how great the job is they are doing on each end, if there is no closer relationship between scientists and practitioners the progress in still developing IAQ field wouldn’t be as as we would all want. The topics covered by the speakers ranged from building science, mould sampling methods and data interpretation, allergen research, HVAC system impact on IAQ, new materials used in construction and contaminants they emit into the environment, lot of case studies and some out of the box thinking projects. There is still a struggle in the industry to come up with definitive standards for air sampling, procedures and protocols and till then there will be lot of different opinions and sampling strategies and protocols will be based on individual practitioner’s knowledge and experience.
Health Canada exposure guidelines for Residential Indoor Air Quality and recommended exposure limits are our starting point and minimum threshold in every investigation.