MDC’s Mitch Swann, PE, will meet with other area practitioners at the Philadelphia Navy Yard on July 24, 2012, to attend a workshop and discuss the value of indoor air quality (IAQ).
IAQ is a key component of overall indoor environmental quality. Poor IAQ is linked to negative outcomes including lower productivity and higher rates of worker absenteeism, yet IAQ is often given much less thought in design than energy efficiency and operating costs. Design for IAQ frequently involves nothing more than complying with the ventilation code, with no prediction of actual performance. Modeling of the indoor environment can play an important role in both the mitigation and prevention of IAQ issues in the same way that energy modeling is used to investigate energy use issues. Many of these modeling tools are freely available and only require investment of time to learn proper use of the software and interpretation of results.