Recent global climate change events have increased concern about the possible effects on indoor air quality if people spend more time indoors. Steps to mitigate the effects of climate change, such as weatherization initiatives and building retrofits, can alter air flows and circulation of emissions and other contaminants inside buildings. Climate Change, The Indoor Environment, and Health, a new report from the IOM, responds to a request from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for an analysis of the effects of climate change on indoor air quality and public health.
The report will be released and discussed at Indoor Air 2011, the 12th international conference on indoor air quality and climate, at 10 a.m. CDT Tuesday, June 7, at the Austin Convention Center, 500 East Cesar Chavez St., Austin, Texas. Advance copies are available to reporters only beginning at noon EDT Monday, June 6. The report is embargoed and not for public release before 10 a.m. CDT Tuesday, June 7. Reporters can obtain a copy from the National Academies’ Office of News and Public Information, tel. 202-334-2138 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Information on Indoor Air 2011 is available at http://www.indoorair2011.org.