Lecture 7_IndoorExposures_9-17-09

Lecture 7_IndoorExposures_9-17-09 - PH150B September 17,...

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PH150B September 17, 2009 Indoor Air Pollution: Links to the Performance and Use of Buildings Thomas E. McKone, Ph.D. Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health University of California, Berkeley and Indoor Environment Department Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
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Overview Why are indoor pollutants important? Sources of pollutants indoors Overview of major sources Radon gas from soil Volatile chemicals from water supplies Building materials Furniture and Electronic equipment Outdoor pollutants Confronting the health hazards Ventilation and exposure Indoor chemistry Green chemistry and green buildings
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Why Are Indoor Pollutants Important? We typically spend 90% of our time indoors and 65% of our time in our home Numerous studies have found that indoor levels of air pollution are often 2-100 times greater than outdoor levels Exposure to indoor pollutants increase the incidence and/or severity of chronic disease Example: Asthma is a rapidly growing public health problem About 23 million people, including 6.8 million children , have asthma 12 million people reported an asthma attack last year
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Health Effects of Indoor Exposures Most health effects of pollutants occur indoors Indoor Indoor pollutant transport, transformation, transformation, and deposition and deposition Health Risks Risks Exposure Exposure Assessment Improved exposure assessment Epidemiologic analyses Intervention studies Asthma and other respiratory illness Heart disease Developmental impairment Neurological diseases Reproductive health Cancer Autoimmune diseases
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Themes How can and do buildings perform as systems to deliver chemical exposures to their occupants?
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