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Indoor Environmental Quality by Thad Godish, PhD

Indoor Environmental Quality

Thad Godish, PhD

Indoor Environmental Quality focuses on environmental problems and issues associated with homes, office buildings, schools, and other nonindustrial indoor environments.


Indoor Environmental Quality is intended as a primary resource for individuals who are entering, or are already in the field, whether their interest is research, governmental service, or private consulting. It accomplishes this purpose by defining the major issues and concepts and providing supporting facts in a highly readable manner. Its readability makes it suitable for use by educated laypersons who want to learn about specific indoor environmental problems and how to diagnose and mitigate them, or indoor environmental problems in general.

The book goes beyond the historical focus on indoor air quality and inhalation exposures to indoor contaminants. Though most indoor environment health and comfort concerns are associated with the indoor air environment, in several major cases air appears not to be the primary route of exposure. This is particularly true in pediatric lead poisoning, which appears to be primarily due to exposures associated with hand-to-mouth transfer of lead-contaminated house dust and soil particles. Similar childhood exposures, including dermal exposures, may occur with pesticide-contaminated house dust. Exposures to office materials such as carbonless copy paper and other printed papers may cause indoor air quality-type symptoms that might be due to dermal and not inhalation exposures. As such, the book attempts to expand its focus beyond "indoor air quality" issues.


Indoor Environmental Quality is written in the style of a textbook, much like Air Quality (3rd edition), also by the author. It is the basis of courses in indoor environmental health and industrial hygiene programs in North America and other parts of the world.

About the author


Thad Godish is Professor of Natural Resources and Environmental Management at Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana. He received his doctorate from Pennsylvania State University, where he was affiliated with the Center for Air Environment Studies.


Dr. Godish is best known for his authorship of Lewis Publishers' Air Quality, a widely used textbook now in its third edition; two well-received reference books on indoor air quality: Indoor Air Pollution Control (Lewis, 1989) and Sick Buildings: Definition, Diagnosis, and Mitigation (Lewis, 1995); and his research, teaching, and public service activities in various areas of indoor air/indoor environmental quality. He maintains a weekly updated Web site entitled Indoor Environment Notebook (, which provides expert answers and advice on a wide variety of indoor environmental quality concerns.


Dr. Godish continues to teach a variety of environmental science courses including air quality, indoor air quality management, occupational/industrial hygiene, asbestos and lead management in buildings, and hazardous waste operations and emergency response. He is a Fellow of the Air and Waste Management Association and the Indiana Academy of Science, as well as a member of the American Industrial Hygiene Association, American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists, and International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate, and has served as chairman of the East Central section and Indiana chapter of the Air Pollution Control Association. He has been Visiting Scientist at Monash University, Gippsland, Australia, and at Harvard University, School of Public Health.


Indoor Environmental Quality:  Created on February 3rd, 2008.  Last Modified on February 3rd, 2008


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