From The National Academies Press:
The indoor environment affects occupants' health and comfort. Poor
environmental conditions and indoor contaminants are estimated to cost
the U.S. economy tens of billions of dollars a year in exacerbation of
illnesses like asthma, allergic symptoms, and subsequent lost
productivity. Climate change has the potential to affect the indoor
environment because conditions inside buildings are influenced by
conditions outside them.
Climate Change, the Indoor Environment, and Health
addresses the impacts that climate change may have on the indoor
environment and the resulting health effects. It finds that steps taken
to mitigate climate change may cause or exacerbate harmful indoor
environmental conditions. The book discusses the role the Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) should take in informing the public, health
professionals, and those in the building industry about potential risks
and what can be done to address them. The study also recommends that
building codes account for climate change projections; that federal
agencies join to develop or refine protocols and testing standards for
evaluating emissions from materials, furnishings, and appliances used in
buildings; and that building weatherization efforts include
consideration of health effects.
More information and a download of the free copy of the book available here.