EETD Distinguished Lecture: Climate Change Hits Home: Impacts on the Built Environment and Health

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Date: 
June 18, 2012 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
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Building 50 Auditorium
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The effects of climate change do not stop at the front door. However, to date there has been little recognition of the potential impacts of climate change on the indoor environment and thus the public's health. Key issues to be discussed include:

  • Potential health consequences of climate-induced alterations in building operation and maintenance practices, including weatherization and energy efficiency efforts.
  • Potential consequences of climate-induced alterations to the indoor environment, including exposure pathways, occupant behavior and disease progression. Some examples are: allergies, asthma, infectious disease, carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, aldehydes, polychlorinated biphenyls, molds, reduced ventilation, and heat stress.
  • The segments of society that may be most affected by these consequences: seniors, low income populations, and those with chronic medical conditions
  • The possible role of current government and private sector requirements and guidance—building codes, "green building" certification criteria, professional association standards and the like—in inadvertently exacerbating indoor health problems.
  • Priority issues for action.

For information about this lecture please visit this EETD Distinguished Lecture Series website.

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