Indoor Air Quality In Alaska (Level 1)

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Course Description:
This entry-level course is designed to provide a basic understanding of common indoor air quality (IAQ) problems in village homes and schools. The course includes an overview of indoor air pollutants and their health effects, and appropriate tips for solving IAQ problems. There will also be hands-on practice with a comprehensive assessment tool used to identify IAQ problems.

Topics include:
  • Indoor air concerns in tribal communities

  • Overview of home construction and fundamentals of building science

  • Mold and its health effects

  • IAQ pollutants and cancer

  • Household hazardous materials

  • Combustion products

  • Comprehensive assessment tool for identifying IAQ problems

  • Equipment for assessing IAQ

  • Outreach: prevention of IAQ problems

  • Collaboration and resources

Who Should Attend:
There is no prerequisite for this course. It is open to village staff from environmental, housing, or health departments. Preference will be given to villages who submit applications from TWO different departments: environmental housing, and/or health. Preference will also be given to applicants who have an indoor air quality task in a grant work plan.

Course Structure and Approach:
This course consists of lectures and a tribal case study, demonstrations, small-group activities, and a building walk-through.


Lydia Scheer, 928/523-6887,

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Last updated: March 29, 2010


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