A Practical, Easily-Built Wall System: R-30 and Beyond

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by MIAQC Members David Johnston (David Johnston & Co.) and William A. Turner, P.E. (Turner Building Science & Design) Abstract The adoption of the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code has special ramifications for Climate Zones 6, 7, and 8.  As shown in Table R402.1.2, IECC 2015, Zones 6,7, and 8 are effectively precluded from using […]

October 2019 Issue of The Informer

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The quarterly newsletter of the Maine Indoor Air Quality Council President’s Message October is Indoor Air Quality Awareness Month (who knew?), and I find it fitting that the Council has moved its signature event, the IAQ & Energy Conference from the Spring to the Fall. The Conference is the largest piece of work output we […]

10 Questions with Beau Mears

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by Desi-Rae Severson, Past-President and Board Member of the Maine Indoor Air Quality Council On Friday, October 11, 2019 – I sat down with the President and CEO of Northeast Laboratory Services, Beau Mears to ask him 10 questions about everything from his personal leadership philosophy, to his background in the laboratory industry, to his […]

July 2019 Informer Newsletter

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July 2019President’s MessageA sincere thank you to all of our members and supporters of the MIAQC last year. We are looking forward to the new year that started in the beginning of July. We had great support and attendance at our various events and training programs offered throughout last year, and have a great mix […]

IAQ Implications of Maine’s Updated Building Code

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A builders and homeowners guide… Contributed by Christine Crocker, executive director, Maine Indoor Air Quality Council The changes made by the Maine State Legislature this year will impact two key areas of air quality in home construction: ventilation and radon. Here’s a quick summary of these provisions and what builders and homeowners should know. 1.The […]

A Conversation with James Reny

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by Desi-Rae Severson, MIAQC Board Member Jim Reny is just one of two Maine Indoor Air Quality Council Board members who has served continuously since the Council was formed in 1998.  I recently interviewed Jim Reny, who is a retired Facilities Manager for Waterville Public School. Jim shared many interesting details of his long history […]

Maine Legislative Changes: What You NEED to Know (especially if you’re in the building industry…)

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Article contributed by Christy Crocker, MIAQC Executive Director. (Maine state capitol building image courtesy of thousandwonders.net) As the regular session of the 129th Maine Legislature wraps up, the Public Policy Committee of the Maine Indoor Air Quality Council is taking the opportunity to sit back, relax, and consider the outcomes from our efforts to promote […]

Smarter Than The Average Bear? Apparently Not…

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I thought I knew what I was doing. 12 years ago, we did a renovation of our 1810 cape home in order to accommodate my then 87 year old mother.  Having been the executive director of the Maine Indoor Air Quality Council for 8 years at that time, and having listened to many presentations and […]

Bath Fans. It’s All About the Operator

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     When we discuss healthy homes, we always seem to start the conversation with moisture. Moisture that causes mold, that causes wood to rot, that leaves smells behind. And then we move to talking about the bathroom, where moisture is produced every day, like clockwork.      But what we don’t talk enough about is making […]