This project supports the “Indoor Air Quality Management Introduction” program, which is proposed by EPA following the conclusion of the 126th committee meeting hosted by consumer protection commission, Executive Yuan. This project was implemented between 2006 and 2007 and main goals are：(1) promote indoor air quality testing, self-management, and labeling policies；(2) organize indoor air quality management training；(3) integrate the indoor air quality improvement guide and provide technical consulting services； and (4) integrate the indoor air quality website and promote relevant activities.
For the first goal, the project has implemented the testing and self-management procedures on 21 public places, including 7 government office buildings, 2 movie theaters, 2 shopping department stores, 4 schools, 4 hospitals, and 2 large-scale exhibitions. A guidance book was prepared and provided to these 21 public places which contains associated documents and detailed instructions. The testing results of carbon dioxide concentration in the hospitals did not meet EPA’s recommended value of 600 ppm under the first category. In addition, the “Indoor Air Quality Self-management Manual” was revised and provided to all building’s administrative staffs as reference. Furthermore, Taipei City was selected to demonstrate the labeling system by adapting the five-star-grade labeling policies with the extent of participation in indoor air quality
self-management. A Label Deliberation Team was established to manage all works associated with label issuance. By the end of this year, the team has to verify a total of 36 organizations with issuance of three-star-grade labels.
For the second goal, the project has organized 4 indoor air quality management training courses in Taipei and Tainan with a total participation of 152 people. Certificates were conferred to students, whom have completed the training course and pass the qualification test. In addition, 3 “Indoor Air Quality Self-management” conferences were organized with a total participation of 145 people.
For the third goal, the project has integrated the 5 categories indoor air quality improvement guide, including indoor air quality maintenance strategy, diagnosis and the improvement measures assessment etc. In the aspect of providing technical consulting services to the public, a “consultant special line” and an “e-mail box” services were created and available to access from the webpage. Up to date, an approximately of 60 questions were received and were responded by experts with proper solution.
It is recommend to amend Taiwan’s existing regulations on the subjects of ventilation air conditioning system, indoor decoration materials, and building’s maintenance and management by referring to international regulations in related to building’s ventilation performance and indoor air quality
control. Furthermore, it is recommend to draft regulations on the subjects of high- efficiency building natural ventilation, prevention of the indoor air pollution from spreading and infecting, indoor formaldehyde concentration mixture control, and building and indoor air quality maintenance management system.
For the fourth goal, the project will continue to maintain and update the website on a regular basis. As of today, all activity information was announced on the webpage to provide the public of the latest IAQ self-management information. In addition, the “Indoor Air Quality Self-management” was posted on the webpage to help people better understand this program and also provide a complete guidance with necessary documents and professional consultation.
Prior to the establishment of regulations or legislation, it is necessary to keep promoting indoor air quality self-management and reviewing the IAQ guideline and testing methods.