The conditions of the indoor environment have an important impact on human health. Environmental problems resulting in adverse health effects in the occupants are frequently based on physical, chemical and/or microbial exposures. Due to the large amount of time we spend indoors, reported to be up to 90 percent of the day, further investigation of our buildings, products, and technologies and their impact on human health is needed for consumer protection and to develop exposure minimization strategies.
Indoor chemistry consists mainly of organochemical mixtures of additives and technical residues from building materials, interior design products, treatments and furniture. Formaldehyde, volatile and semi-volatile organic compounds such as solvents, pesticides, flame retardants, plasticizers, organometals, polyaromatic hydrocarbons, polychlorinated biphenyls in the air and house dust, bioaerosols, particles, insulation fibers, HVAC systems, and odors contribute to IAQ problems.
Scientific research has shown that microbial contamination is a significant source of poor indoor air quality and is associated with health problems. Many typical indoor mold species act as allergens and irritants. Toxic and odor producing chemicals can be released by some microorganisms as MVOCs, mycotoxins and endotoxins. Building damage, construction defects and poor building ventilation are the major reasons for moisture related microbial indoor exposures.
In the physical field, the impact of non-ionizing radiation is gaining more attention. The scientific community has presented many studies reporting the possible adverse health effects of electromagnetic field (ELF, RF) exposure below the threshold of body tissue heating. Ionizing radiation is another important contributing factor to an unhealthy indoor environment. High levels of lung-cancer related radon gas in buildings can exceed national and international guidelines and recommendation thresholds.
The most important event of the association is the Annual General Convention where members elect the Board of Directors. The Board is supported by management and staff of the office. Technical committees are formed and are the overseeing experts for "Quality Assurance" in the sections "Chemistry", "Microbiology" and "Physics". Each VDB member can actively participate in the content design of technical meetings and other subject-related tasks.
Networking as a multidisciplinary cooperation is important not only for our members, but also for us as an association. We appreciate the interdisciplinary approach as a broad basis and therefore strive for cooperation with other national and international associations, environmental health professionals, lawyers and building experts.
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