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Improving indoor air quality

Te whakahauora i te kōhau rōwhare

Tuesday 27 February 2018

Are you interested in knowing what air quality issues New Zealand faces, especially how air quality relates to the health and comfort of people? Would you like to know how we can minimise our exposures to poor air quality?

This seminar-style course provides an essential introduction to what is air pollution and what issues are unique to New Zealand. This course will explore how air pollution affects the health and wellbeing of people and what factors we can change to reduce the numbers of hospital admissions and deaths due to air pollution.

Topics covered  

  1. What is indoor air quality and what are issues are unique to New Zealand?
  2. How does indoor air quality affect the health of people?
  3. What can be done to improve indoor air quality?
  4. How can building design improve indoor air quality?

Style of course

Symposium - Multi-speaker presentations in lecture theatre setting.

Who should attend?  

This course is suitable for people studying or working in policy, building design and health.

Draft timetable

Time Session
8:30am Registration

Session 1: What is indoor air quality and NZ issues

  • Indoor air quality issues in New Zealand - Dr. Guy Coulson
  • Indoor air pollution in NZ homes and garages - Dr. Bill Trompetter
  • Woodsmoke: What are we burning? Indoor air quality implications  -Dr. Perry Davy
  • Indoor air quality in schools - Dr. Mikael Boulic
  • Questions
10:30am Morning tea

Session 2: How does the indoor environment affect people's health?

  • Damp, mouldy homes and asthma - Dr. Caroline Shorter
  • Home heating and health - Dr. Julie Bennett
  • Indoor air quality in homes - WHO guidelines? - Philippa Howden-Chapman (TBC)
  • Chemical Air Quality - off-gassing of solvents from glues, paints furniture - Dr. Teri-Ann Berry and German Hernandez
  • Questions
12:30pm Lunch break

Session 3: What can we do to improve air quality?

  • Managing indoor air quality – community engagement - Dr. Guy Coulson
  • Schools - Dr. Julie Bennett
  • Indoor Air Quality in Occupational Settings -Kerry Cheung
  • Developing an IAQ metric and the problem of how to achieve good IAQ - Peter McDowall
  • Questions
3pm Afternoon tea

Session 4: How can buildings protect us?

  • Designing for risk minimisation - Prof. Robyn Phipps
  • Systems design and strategies - Patrick Arnold
  • Adequacy of ventilation openings in schools, homes and offices - Michael Donn
  • Indoor Air Quality Guidelines for schools - Ministry of Education
5pm Finish - Drinks and nibbles

Teaching staff  

  • Dr. Guy Coulson, Air Quality Scientist, NIWA
  • Dr. Bill Trompetter, Ion Beam Analysis/Air Quality Scientist, GNS Science
  • Dr. Perry Davy, Air Quality Scientist, GNS Science
  • Dr. Mikael Boulic, Senior Lecturer, School of Engineering and Advanced Technology, Massey University, Auckland
  •  Dr. Caroline Shorter, Research Fellow, Wellington Asthma Research Group, University of Otago, Wellington
  • Dr. Julie Bennett, Research Fellow, He Kainga Oranga/Housing and Health Research Group, University of Otago, Wellington
  • Professor Philippa Howden-Chapman, Programme Director of He Kainga Oranga/Housing and Health Research Programme; Director, New Zealand Centre for Sustainable Cities; lead researcher for the Resilient Urban Futures programme. University of Otago, Wellington.
  • Dr. Teri-Ann Berry, Senior Lecturer, Engineering, Unitec, Auckland
  • Kerry Cheung - SGS New Zealand Ltd
  • Prof. Robyn Phipps, Professor in Construction, School of Engineering and Advanced Technology. Massey University, Auckland.
  • Patrick Arnold, Director, eCubed
  • A. Professor Michael Donn - Building Environments School of Architecture, Victoria University

Course cost and registration

$300 early bird, $400 after 20 December 2017.

A 50% discount is available to full-time students, those unwaged and University of Otago staff.

Register now