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General Information about Indoor Air Quality and Damp & Moldy Environments

Concern about indoor air quality (IAQ) the study of indoor environmental issues is a fairly recent phenomenon. Most of the early IAQ studies focused on the comparison of indoor air to outdoor air. Outdoor pollution was a primary concern and the goal was to ensure that indoor air was of a better quality than the outdoor air. As the research increased other causative factors emerged, adding more complexity to the issues. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimated that more than 30 percent of all commercial buildings have significant IAQ problems. Some of these issues may be caused by energy efficiency, new construction practices and building materials, photocopiers, fax machines, computers, as well as pollutants generated by the occupants

 
 
From the World Health Organization

Indoor air quality problems are recognized as important risk factors for human health. In residences, day-care centers, retirement homes and other special environments, indoor air pollution can affect susceptible groups that may be vulnerable due to their health status or age.