The Indoor Air Quality Program’s purpose is to outline procedures for response to various indoor air quality concerns and to prevent potentially unhealthy conditions from occurring at the University by providing guidance/recommendations to administrators who are responsible for the day to day as well as construction related activities in University buildings.

Many Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) issues are related to heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC), building envelope (roofs and facades), building materials, human occupancy, and plumbing issues. For example:

  • Mold
  • Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC)
  • Chemical Odors
  • Human Biological Effluents
  • Ozone
  • Inadequate air flow from HVAC units

Construction Projects can also bring about various issues

Title V

Since the recent opening of the Cogeneration Power Plant there has been a 68% reduction in EPA criteria air emissions. We are providing more power with fewer emissions. Despite this huge achievement, New York University still holds a Title V permit which is regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and New York Department of Conservation (NY DEC) jointly. New York University reports criteria emissions to the relevant agencies as well as new requirements for Green House Gas (GHG) reporting to Environmental Protection Agency. Some of this reporting has become voluntary since certain emissions have reduced so drastically. In addition to federal and state emissions reporting requirements, New York University   is also taking action on the New York City riles associated with fuel oil boilers. There is a project underway to convert all fuel oil boilers from #6 fuel oil to #2 fuel oil. New York City requirements mandate a change from #6 to #4, as a phase in period. However, New York University has decided to take that necessary step now instead of later. The lower grade of fuel equates to cleaner burning fuel, helping to further reduce the emissions generated at New York University.