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Indoor Environmental Resilience: White Paper



Andrew K. Persily, Steven J. Emmerich


NIST is developing a framework to define programs and strategies to increase community-based resilience in the face of a broad range of natural disasters and other extreme events. Many of these events will affect indoor environmental quality either through the potential for increased airborne contaminant levels or challenges in providing acceptable indoor environments for building occupants during the event and afterwards in the recovery phase. However, the elements of indoor environmental resilience (IER) have not been identified and discussed in a systematic fashion, which needs to be done to determine the role of these factors in a community resilience framework as well as subsequent programs that employ this framework. To address this need, this report presents a review of existing information, standards, programs and other technical resources related to the events that are likely to impact IER. in order to describe the scope and potential impacts of the problem, current activities to address these issues, important gaps requiring research and other technical analyses, and needs for standards and related guidance
Technical Note (NIST TN) -


indoor air quality, natural disasters, resilience, standards


Persily, A. and Emmerich, S. (2015), Indoor Environmental Resilience: White Paper, Technical Note (NIST TN), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed July 22, 2024)


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Created July 16, 2015, Updated November 10, 2018