HES Extension Department of Environmental Design

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Green Architecture and Sustainable Living

Building Utility Systems

Building Envelope Systems

Community Development and Planning

Home Management and Home Improvement

Indoor Air Quality


Housing/Affordable Housing

Extension Housing Sites

Regional Contacts

Architectural Studies

Moisture and Biological Contaminants
Carbon Monoxide
Tobacco/Second-Hand Smoke
Radon and Combustion Pollutants
VOCs and Formaldehyde
Asthma and IAQ

Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute
Information on air cleaning and furnace filters.

Allergy Control Products
ACP is the leader in developing and marketing environmental controls to
reduce allergen exposure. They offer a full line of supplies to reduce allergen exposure including allergen proof pillow and mattress encasings, HEPA filter air cleaners, vacuum cleaners, carpet treatments and a wide range of respiratory products.

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology
AAAAI is a leader in the study and treatment of allergic diseases through education and research. It has sinusitis resource tips on how to manage asthma and up to date monthly reports on allergies.

American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC)
AAPCC is a nationwide organization of poison centers and interested individuals. It's objectives are to provide a forum for poison centers to promote the reduction of morbidity and mortality from poisonings through public and professional education and scientific research. AAPCC undertakes certification of regional poison centers and poison center personnel too.

American Lung Association (ALA)
ALA has many programs and strategies for fighting lung disease. Among these are; Asthma-Open Airways for schools, tobacco control-ALA offers a variety of smoking control and prevention programs. ALA informs and educates the public about the impact of lung disease through programs on environmental health, funds research and professional
education and organizes advocacy, multicultural, and communications programs.

American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers
Information on the various standards with regard to heating, refrigeration and air-conditioning.

American Society of Testing and Materials
Information on the various standards to which all kinds of testing and selection of materials should conform to.

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
Provides online access to the latest information on asthma and allergies for the public and health professionals, an online catalog of asthma and allergy resources and much more. It also has Patient Education Programs that provide training and materials to enable health care professionals to take asthma and allergy education into the community.

California Indoor Air Program

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Consumer Product Safety Commission

Publications on many indoor air quality topics.

Environmental Health - National Network for Health
Provides various resources on information from air quality to lead poisoning to sun protection.

EPA - Indoor Air Quality in Homes
On-line information on indoor air quality problems in homes.

EPA - Indoor Air Quality - Publications
Lists various publications on indoor air quality problems.

EPA - Indoor Air Quality Webpage, Indoor Air Division
Information on the effect of indoor air quality on health.

Health House
The American Lung Association of Minnesota developed the Health
House® Project in 1993. They focuses on four goals; to minimize particulate matter and biological contaminants, to control indoor humidity and air filtration, to reduce Volatile Organic Compound Emissions (VOCs) and to increase energy efficiency and resource efficiency.

Healthy House Institute

Healthy Indoor Air
The "Healthy Indoor Air for America's Homes" project was developed to provide basic but comprehensive information to consumers on how to get a handle on indoor air quality.

Home*A*Syst:  An Environmental Risk-Assessment Guide for the Home
In every home, there are potential risks to your family's health and the environment. Home*A*Syst helps you identify these risks and take
action. It begins with a checklist questions to identify problem areas.

IAQ Library
Everything that one would want to know about indoor air quality.

NACCHO - Indoor Air Quality Program
IAQ issues such as radon, building related illness, asthma... ...risk from asthma and other respiratory illnesses by improving IAQ.

National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) - Center for Disease Control
This site provides information on environmental hazards and related health effects. Some of the topics include radiation studies, asthma, kinds of air pollution, lead poisoning, environmental public health surveillance, the health impact of chemical exposures during the Gulf War, etc.

National Safety Council -  Air Quality Program
The National Safety Council’s Environmental Health Center (EHC) conducts a variety of outreach and education activities on air quality issues. These following efforts are supported by grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

National Safety Council (NSC) - Environmental Health Center
Information for educators regarding children's environmental health, climate change, disaster recovery, hazardous chemicals, etc.  A new teacher's Guide to Indoor Air Pollutants is also provided.

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID)
Contains resources to fight indoor pollution.

Northern Research and Technology in Housing (NoRTH)
Contains articles, fact sheets, and links for issues regarding northern building and techniques.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) - US Department of Labor
Resources for workers.  Information on ergonomics, links to training, consultation and small businesses, regulations, and upcoming events is provided.

Resources to fight Indoor Pollution-NIAID
Resources of federal and private organizations to fight indoor pollution.

Sick Building Syndrome - Factsheet from EPA
Describe situatuions in which building occupants experience acute health and comfort effects that appear to be linked to time spent in a building.

U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission
This independent Federal regulatory agency provides information on consumer products.


EPA Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxins (OPPT) :
Lead Programs

Access to information on all aspects of the federal lead poisoning prevention program, with a special focus on the efforts within EPA'a Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT).

Health Education Rural Outreach - Lead Poisoning
Answers to finding, reducing, and testing for lead.   many facts and figures on food containers that may contain lead.

HUD Office of Lead Hazard Control
Provides links of lead inspectors, risk assessors, and hazard control professionals.  Lead information pamphlet, tips for parents, and many programs are also explained.

The National Center for Lead Safe Housing


National Safety Council - Environmental Health Center Lead Program
Provides information on programs that target minorities and underserved populations.


Asbestos in Your Home
This online guide will help you understand asbestos: what it is, its health
effects, where it is in your home, and what to do about it.

Moisture and Biological Contaminants

Biological Pollutants in Your Home - EPA Publication

Case Western Reserve University
Information on stachybotrys-a toxic mold.

CDC's National Center for Environmental Health - Molds 
Molds are microscopic fungi that live on plant or animal matter. No one knows how many species of fungi exist but estimates range from tens of thousands to perhaps three hundred thousand or more. Most are filamentous organisms and the production of spores is characteristic of fungi in general. These spores can be air-, water-, or insect borne.

Dr. Fungus
Your on-line reference to all things mycological.

National Safety Council
Questions and answers to biological contaminant concerns.

New York City Department of Health-Facts About Mold

North Dakota Extension
Information on mold in the home.

Carbon Monoxide

Checklist for the Prevention of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning - National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH)

Protect Your Family and Yourself from Carbon Monoxide Poisoning - EPA Publication

Tobacco/Second-Hand Smoke

American Academy of Pediatrics-Asthma, second-hand smoke

National Safety Council-The ABCs of Secondhand Smoke

Radon and Combustion Pollutants

Environmental Health Center-Frequently Asked Questions About Radon

EPA - Radon Specific IAQ Publications

National Radon Information Hotline

Radon FIX-IT Program
http://www.epa.gov/iaq/iaqxline.html#radon fix it line


VOCs, Formaldehyde, Ozone, etc.

An Update on Formaldehyde - EPA

EPA - Ozone Information

Evaluating Exposures to Toxic Air Pollutants:  A Citizen's Guide
Some basic information on: what toxic air pollutants are?, which toxic air pollutants are of most concern?, and what Exposure Assessment is?

Ozone Generators that are Sold as Air Cleaners:  An Assessment of Effectiveness and Health Consequences - EPA publication
In developing this article, the EPA reviewed a wide assortment of literature, including information provided by a leading manufacturer of ozone generating devices. In keeping with EPA's policy of insuring that the information it provides is based on sound science, only peer reviewed, scientifically supported findings and conclusions were relied
upon in developing this document.

Asthma and IAQ

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology
This academy promotes the study and treatment of allergic diseases through education and research. This site offers links to the monthly "The Allergy Report" and "Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology". It searchable database on various allergy topics, sinusitis information, immunotherapy and pediatric asthma.

American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology
This site provides information about controlling asthma-health problems that can result from indoor air contamination.

American Lung Association
The mission of the American Lung Association is to prevent lung disease and promote lung health. ALA offers a variety of lung health related programs and special events.

American Lung Association - Asthma
More than 17 million Americans suffer from asthma, which is the seventh-ranking chronic condition in America.

Asthma and Allergy Statistics
Facts and figures about asthma and allergies in the United States.

Asthma, Indoor Air Quality and Environmental Justice - EPA
This site gives basic information on asthma, common asthma triggers in your home and how to reduce them.. It has also a asthma quiz section to test your knowledge about asthma in your home.

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - National Center for Environmental Health - Air Pollution and Respiratory Health Branch
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) National Center for Environmental Health works to prevent asthma and improve the health and quality of life for persons with asthma.

IAQ Fact Sheet: Asthma
Factual information on asthma put together by the Environmental Health Center. It covers questions on: what is asthma?, what makes someone develop asthma?, how can a person tell if he or she suffers from Asthma?  and, what can be done to prevent asthma and to avoid asthma episodes?

National Academy Press-Asthma and Indoor Air Exposures

National Asthma Education and Prevention Program
From the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, this site provides information for patients, professionals and the public.

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease
Provides fact sheets on how to create a dust-free bedroom, etc.

The Soap and Detergent Association
Information on cleaning strategies to reduce asthma and allergy problems.


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