Whether you live in an apartment, townhouse or single family home, an old home or are building a new home, there are many ways to protect and improve your indoor air quality.
Indoor pollution sources that release gases or particles into the air are the primary cause of indoor air quality problems in homes. Inadequate ventilation can increase indoor pollutant levels by not bringing in enough outdoor air to dilute emissions from indoor sources and by not carrying indoor air pollutants out of the home. High temperature and humidity levels can also increase concentrations of some pollutants.
The resources on this page will help you take immediate steps to protect IAQ in your home and prevent IAQ problems during remodels or renovations or when building a new home. You can also find resources to help building professionals and residents protect IAQ in multiifamily buildings.
In the U.S. one out of five people — about 80 million — live in some type of multifamily building. These structures are often referred to as “multi-unit housing” or “multi-housing” and include:
- Attached townhouses
- Low-rise apartments and condos
- Mid-rise apartments and condos
- High-rise apartments and condos
Multifamily buildings pose unique indoor air quality (IAQ) challenges because pollutants may move from unit to unit and residents have limited ability to make changes to the building structure itself.
Comprehensive Indoor Air Quality in Multifamily Buildings
- Savings Plus Health Indoor Air Quality Guidelines for Multifamily Building Upgrades. New EPA guidance for everyone involved in energy and other building upgrades in mutlifamily housing.
- DOE Multifamily Guidelines for Home Energy Professionals Exit