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Four principles for good indoor air: minimize indoor emissions, keep dry, ventilate, protect against outdoor pollution.

Bill Nazaroff has a seemingly simple – but quite detailed and very useful article worth reading for anyone interested in indoor air / indoor environments.  It was published September 13 in Indoor Air:  Four principles for achieving good indoor air quality.

In the paper Nazaroff first discusses how “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.” (this is a quote from Einstein).  And he gives a few examples of the utility of simplicity.

Then he asks whether his community “those concerned with indoor environmental quality and health” are at an advanced enough stage to articulate any types of simple rules or sets of principles relating to indoor air quality.  He is not sure but offers what he calls a trial set of four ideas in twelve words:

  • Four PrinciplesMinimize indoor emissions.
  • Keep it dry.
  • Ventilate well.
  • Protect against outdoor pollution.

He then discusses each of these ideas and wraps up by discussing that he realizes these issues are perhaps more complex that he has laid out and emphasizes the need to not oversimplify.  Anyway – I really like the paper – lots of detail behind some simple messages.

 

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