Building an IAQ Healthy Home - Residential Renovations
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Augusta Civic Center, Augusta, Maine
In Maine, and throughout the country, we are increasingly confronted by the realization that our homes can be harmful to our health. The risk of health effects from indoor environmental pollutants is a serious public health concern, both for the general population, as well as for those populations that spend more time in the residential environment: infants, young children, the elderly, and those with chronic illnesses. Maine residents face exposures to radon, carbon monoxide, lead, asbestos, mercury, tobacco products, pesticides, pressed wood products, and biological contaminants. Air quality in homes can be severely compromised by improper renovations, poorly executed energy efficiency design, improper use of humidifiers, unvented heating devices, and poor cleaning and maintenance practices. Health problems associated with poor indoor air quality range from general symptoms of malaise (headaches, fatigue, irritability, nausea, dizziness, diminished ability to concentrate) to problems with asthma, sinusitis and other respiratory diseases. Short term exposure to carbon monoxide can be life threatening. Elevated cancer risks are associated with long term exposure to radon and asbestos. Elevated exposures to lead or mercury can produce serious irreversible damage to developing organ systems, such as the nervous system.
The Maine Indoor Air Quality Council has developed this new training module to add to our already popular Residential Construction Training Series. This program, being presented for the first time at the 2013 Maine IAQ Conference, focuses exclusively on the practices that should be used during typical residential renovation projects to minimize the likelihood of poor air quality in a residential property. The presentation focuses on those renovations most likely to be undertaken in Maine residential properties.
Because this is a pilot presentation, attendees will be asked to provide their feedback on the overall content, quality, and usefulness of the program as it is presented.
8:00 a.m. Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. Program
10:00 a.m. Break/Exhibits
10:30 a.m. Program
11:35 a.m. Lunch & Special Program
"The Virtual Building Walkthrough"
Presenter: David Blake, Northwest Clean Air Agency, Mount Vernon, WA
1:05 p.m. Networking/Visit the Exhibitors
1:30 p.m. Program
3:00 p.m. Break/Exhibits
3:30 p.m. Program
5:00 p.m. Adjourn
About the trainers:
Bill Turner is the president of Turner Building Science, LLC, and has 25 years’ experience in the development and implementation of indoor air quality standards, diagnostic testing and remediation, industrial hygiene instruments, survey administration, air monitoring data collection, quality assurance, data validation, and technical report preparation. Turner Building Science has assembled a training development team for this program that includes engineers, architects, energy consultants and home builders - all who have been working and building in Maine for over
David Johnston is president of David Johnston & Co., and has been building healthy, energy efficient homes in Maine for more than 26 years. David has served as an adjunct instructor in Residential Design and Drafting and Graphic Design at the USM Department of Industrial Technology, and is currently on the Advisory Committee for a new Construction Management major at USM.