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IAQ 2013 Tools Topic Overview



Steven J. Emmerich, Larry Schoen


The complex relationships between indoor and outdoor environmental conditions, coupled with the impacts of climate change, make it more important than ever before that buildings be comfortable and healthy for the occupants yet also energy efficient. This requires new and enhanced building design, construction and operation tools for use by developers, policymakers, architects, engineers, building owners and operators. In the context of this discussion, such tools include: • Standards and guidelines (such as ASHRAE Standards 189.x, 62.x, and 90.x and the ASHRAE Indoor Air Quality Guide), • Programs and codes (such as LEED, ENERGY STAR, ASHRAE bEQ and IgCC), • Design and analysis software (such as energy and indoor air quality (IAQ) simulation models, including their coupled application), • Occupant surveys (e.g., health questionnaire, physiological measurements, absentee data), and • Performance verification tools (ranging from measurement methods and capabilities to verification checklists). The ASHRAE IAQ 2013 Conference included a track on Tools to examine questions relating to the needs, development, verification and application of these tools. The session included papers on a wide range of related issues such as a review of indoor environmental quality (IEQ) measurement methods, a description of IEQ survey tools, descriptions of IEQ sensing options, and a proposal for a graphical approach to evaluating energy, IEQ and other performance aspects of buildings.
Proceedings Title
Conference Dates
October 15-18, 2013
Conference Location


indoor air quality, sustainable design, high-performance buildings


Emmerich, S. and Schoen, L. (2014), IAQ 2013 Tools Topic Overview, ASHRAE IAQ 2013, Vancouver, -1, [online], (Accessed May 22, 2024)


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Created February 20, 2014, Updated February 19, 2017