Special Issue "Energy Conservation Measures, Indoor Air Quality and Health"


A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2013)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Professor John D. Spengler
Exposure, Epidemiology & Risk Program, Department of Environmental Health, Harvard School of Public Health, P.O. Box 15677, Landmark 406 W, 401 Park Dr., Boston, MA 02215, USA
Contact Assistant: Joan Arnold
E-Mail: jarnold@hsph.harvard.edu
E-Mail: spengler@hsph.harvard.edu
Phone: +1-617-384-8810
Fax: +1-617-384-8819
Interests: indoor air pollution; exposure assessment; environmental epidemiology; housing and health; sustainability

Guest Editor
Dr. Gary Adamkiewicz
Exposure, Epidemiology & Risk Program, Department of Environmental Health, Harvard School of Public Health, P.O. Box 15677, Landmark 404K W, 401 Park Dr., Boston, MA 02215, USA
E-Mail: gadamkie@hsph.harvard.edu
Phone: +1-617-384-8852
Fax: +1-617-384-8819
Interests: housing and health; indoor air pollution; chemical exposures; health disparities and environmental justice; exposure assessment; environmental epidemiology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Our changing climate is poised to affect the health of human populations through numerous pathways.  One such pathway is via the modification of indoor environments, which are directly linked to extreme weather events and long-term climate conditions (Institute of Medicine. Climate Change, the Indoor Environmental and Health, Wash DC: National Academies Press, 2011). In addition to direct outdoor effects on exposures and health, society’s attempts to adapt and mitigate these effects may also have notable consequences for indoor environments.

For example, a warmer atmosphere with increased outdoor air pollution, forest fires, pollen and dust, heat waves, excessive rainfall, droughts and the longer-term aberrations of regional climates would impact building performance and occupant health.  As we attempt to reduce the footprint of human activity, the modification of our housing and commercial buildings may also negatively affect indoor air quality and occupant health.  These risks are real for both the developed and developing world.

This issue will highlight new research and analyses on how indoor environments and human health are affected by climate change and our responses to this challenge.  Research papers, analytical reviews, case studies, conceptual frameworks, and policy-relevant articles are solicited.  Of particular interest are articles assessing the consequences of energy conservation programs involving low-income populations. We also encourage authors to submit studies which address issues and approaches relevant to developing countries.

Professor John D. Spengler
Dr. Gary Adamkiewicz
Guest Editors


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  • climate change
  • weatherization
  • infiltration
  • air exchange
  • indoor environment
  • indoor air quality (IAQ)
  • retrofits
  • ventilation rates
  • developing countries
  • environmental justice

Published Papers (1 paper)

by , , , , , , ,  and
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2012, 9(12), 4639-4661; doi:10.3390/ijerph9124639
Received: 30 August 2012; in revised form: 13 November 2012 / Accepted: 29 November 2012 / Published: 12 December 2012
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Last update: 30 October 2012

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