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    Two Consultants' Views Of Tomorrow

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    A number of factors in the future will collectively increase the importance of bioaerosols in indoor environments. The overall human population in the future will be older and hence more susceptible to microbial agents. As a consequence of rising energy costs, less outdoor air may be used to ventilate buildings and more moisture will accumulate indoors. Bioaerosol problems will thus increase in indoor environments. Research will accelerate on finding better and alternative ways to control microbial amplification in porous manmade insulation, heat rejection systems, humidifiers, and other building components. Research on baseline bioaerosol exposures and health risk will accelerate in attempts to develop regulatory guidelines or standards for microbial agents. The commissioning of buildings in the future will involve bioaerosol considerations to minimize the potential for the accumulation, amplification, and dissemination of microbial agents in buildings, commissioning recommendations will be reflected in consensus engineering standards and future building codes. Specific recommendations for bioaerosol research as related to indoor air quality are enumerated.


    bioaerosols, future, indoor air quality, commissioning of buildings, research

    Author Information:

    Feeley, JC
    President, Pathogen Control Associates, Tucker, GA

    Morey, PR
    President, Pathogen Control Associates, Tucker, GA

    Committee/Subcommittee: D22.05

    DOI: 10.1520/STP25339S