Protect School Air Quality During Energy Efficiency Retrofits, Says EPA

October 21, 2014 By Linda Hardesty

EPA logoThe US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released new guidance to help school districts protect indoor air quality while they conduct energy efficiency upgrades.

These renovation and construction activities can create dust, introduce new contaminants and contaminant pathways, create or aggravate moisture problems, and result in inadequate ventilation in occupied spaces. EPA’s Energy Savings Plus Health: Indoor Air Quality Guidelines for School Building Upgrades offers opportunities to prevent and control potentially harmful conditions during school renovations.

The new guidance builds on EPA’s existing programs, such as Energy Star for schools and Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools, which helps schools identify, resolve and prevent air quality problems, often with low- and no-cost measures.

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