GREENGUARD Continuing Education Program: “Healthy Indoor Air Quality By Design”
The GREENGUARD Environmental Institute (GEI) is an industry independent non-profit organization offering unbiased, third party certification for low emitting products. The mission of the GEI is to improve public health and quality of life through better indoor air quality. This is accomplished by helping product manufacturers make low-emitting products in conjunction with raising awareness for indoor air quality among design/specifying professionals. The importance of third party certification when specifying products is discussed as an effective means of assuring that the products are proven to be low-emitting by reproducible, scientific test methods.
The design/specifying community is educated through a 1-hour continuing education program entitled "Healthy Indoor Air Quality By Design".* The program qualifies as 1 (Health, Safety & Welfare) HSW LU for AIA continuing education, 0.1 CEU for IDCEC continuing education (ASID/IIDA) and 1-ECH for CSI continuing education. The program covers the following topics:
1. Why We Care about IAQ
1.1. Impact of poor indoor air quality on human health.
1.2.Economic losses due to poor IAQ.
2. Impacting IAQ
2.1.Material selection and controlling air quality at the source.
2.2.This section also explores case studies and their results.
3. Green Building and IAQ
3.1.Green Building and IAQ with a focus on LEED.
4. Third-Party Certification
4.1.The importance of non-biased, third party certification for low emitting products.
At the end of this program, the participants will understand the impact of indoor air pollution on human health. They will also be able to identify sources of indoor air pollutants and view several case studies of the effects of controlling versus not controlling indoor environmental quality at the design phase of building construction. Moreover, the participants will learn the value of selecting certified low emitting products as a proven method for controlling VOC emissions (volatile organic compounds) that invade the indoor environment.
*Formerly: “Helping Your Clients Maintain Good Indoor Air Quality”