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  A  re your buildings a healthy environment for their occupants? Indoor environmental quality (IEQ)—
./JLincluding air quality, comfort, noise, light, and ergonomic and psychosocial stressors—is an essential  .._
component of any green building. A strategy focused on IEQ helps to avoid the health effects, liability, negative
publicity, and costly renovations and repairs that can result from IEQ problems. Improving IEQ involves
designing, constructing, commissioning, operating, and maintaining buildings to remove indoor pollutants and
reduce pollution sources, while ensuring a continual supply and proper circulation of fresh air.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) is tackling the problems associated with building IEQ
through a collection of cutting-edge voluntary programs. EPA's Green Indoor Environments program promotes
the use of integrated, whole building approaches designed to  protect occupant health while saving energy and
money. All EPA programs, materials, and resources are provided free of charge, and cover key  IEQ issues for
various audiences. For resources and information on all of these topics and programs, call the  Indoor Air
Quality (IAQ) Information Clearinghouse at 1-800-438-4318 or visit For more information
about specific resources relating to EPA's Green Indoor Environments Program, please see the  reverse side of
this document.

                  Free Resources Available at
•  Z/4Q Tools for Schools: This comprehensive program
   equips schools with comprehensive
   guidance, training, checklists, and other
   resources to establish and maintain
   good air quality. The program has
   resources for all school personnel
   including administrators, facility
   managers, health professionals, teachers, maintenance
   staff, and other.
•  MQDesign Tools for Schools: This
   Web-based guidance helps school
   districts, architects, and facility
   planners design and construct the next
   generation of schools with improved IEQ.

Offices and Institutional Buildings:
•  I-BEAM: EPA's Indoor Air Quality
   Building Education and Assessment
   Model is an interactive computer
   software program that provides a
   wealth of information to building
   professionals on how to improve and
   manage IEQ in large buildings, from the parking
   garage to the print shop.
•  Green Buildings: EPA's upcoming guidance, Indoor
   Environmental Quality Guidance for Green, High
   Performance and Sustainable Buildings will provide
   detailed instructions to architects, engineers, and others
   planning green buildings on best practices for good
•  Indoor Air Quality for New Homes: EPA is
   developing a new voluntary program to complement
   its existing ENERGY STAR qualified label program to
   encourage home builders to integrate features that will
   reduce the chance that new homes will develop indoor
   air quality problems.
•  The Radon Program promotes radon-resistant
   construction techniques for new homes and educates
   the public on radon testing and installation of available
   mitigation technologies in existing homes.

Special Issues:
•  Mold has emerged as a potentially
   serious health threat in all types of
   buildings. EPA provides detailed
   guidance on how to avoid and
   mitigate this threat in such publications as: Mold
   Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings,
   and A Brief Guide to Mold and Moisture in Your
  For resources and information on all of these
  topics and programs, call the Indoor Air
  Quality (IAQ) Information Clearinghouse at
  or visit