An IOM committee chaired by Dr. John D. Spengler, Director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment, concluded that climate change influences indoor environmental quality, warranting attention and action. This conclusion is based on three key findings:
- Poor indoor environmental quality is creating health problems today and impairs the ability of occupants to work and learn.
- Climate change may worsen existing indoor environmental problems and introduce new problems.
- There are opportunities to improve public health while mitigating or adapting to alterations in indoor environmental quality induced by climate change.
In this report, the IOM outlines the major climate-induced indoor environmental problems and recommends ways to reduce the health effects these problems cause. The IOM also recommends a number of specific actions for the EPA to take, in cooperation with other government organizations and the private sector.
With permission, we've provided the executive summary of the report below. Download the full report from the Institute of Medicine website.
Reprinted with permission from Climate Change, the Indoor Environment, and Health (2011), by the National Academy of Sciences, courtesy of the National Academies Press, Washington, D.C.