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Indoor Air Quality: Risks and Remedies

Indoor Air Quality: Risks and Remedies

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Indoor Air Quality: Risks and Remedies 2.00
Because we’re indoors most of the time, indoor air quality directly impacts our health.
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  • This course will help you advise your clients about some common substances that can contaminate the air in their homes and workplaces. Some of these contaminants are completely undetectable without using testing devices. Other substances can be seen or have an odor. Detectible or not, these contaminants can cause a range of health hazards, from a mild headache to chronic asthma, to lung cancer and death. 
     
    Becoming aware of these contaminants is the first step toward keeping your indoor air healthy. From there you can evaluate and determine the best ways to mitigate or reduce any hazards from the air inside your home or workplace. This course will help you understand the causes, methods of detection, and cures for common indoor air hazards.
  • You will learn about six major indoor air quality concerns: carbon monoxide, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), asbestos, radon, mold, and lead. Learn how to assess possible air quality problems, and when a qualified professional should be contacted to test for them. You will also learn simple solutions to remedy indoor air quality concerns, and when a professional should be hired to mitigate them.

    Section 1 – Carbon Monoxide
    Introduction
    Chapter 1 – What is Carbon Monoxide (CO)?
    Chapter 2 – Combustion and Make-Up Air 
    Chapter 3 – Types of Combustion Appliances
    Chapter 4 – Effects of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
    Chapter 5 – Carbon Monoxide Alarms 
    Chapter 6 – Other Carbon Monoxide Concerns

    Section 2 – Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
    Chapter 1 – Where Do Volatile Organic Compounds Come From?
    Chapter 2 – The Health Effects of VOC Exposure
    Chapter 3 – What Levels of VOCs are Safe?
    Chapter 4 – What Can I Do About VOCs in My Home?

    Section 3 – Asbestos
    Chapter 1 – Products That Contain Asbestos
    Chapter 2 – What To Do if There is Asbestos in Your Home

    Section 4 – Radon
    Chapter 1 – What is Radon?
    Chapter 2 – How Radon Enters a Home
    Chapter 3 – Testing for Radon
    Chapter 4 – Mitigation: Removing Radon from Your Home or Workplace

    Section 5 – Mold
    Chapter 1 – What is Mold
    Chapter 2 – Home Investigation and Quiz
    Chapter 3 – Mold Clean-Up and Removal
    Chapter 4 – Mold Testing

    Section 6 – Lead
    Chapter 1 – Common Sources of Lead
    Chapter 2 – Lead Poisoning Health Risks
    Chapter 3 – Prevention of Lead Poisoning
  • Subject Matter Expert:
    Nikki Nau

    Nikki Nau has a degree in Environmental Science, and has owned and operated an organic agriculture business. She is currently a managing partner at a Minnesota family business that specializes in green remodeling and renovation in the Twin Cities.

    Nikki publishes an e-newsletter that features eco-friendly real estate practices, and she has lectured on the importance of environmentally friendly practices. She has worked for the Nature Conservancy, which is the leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people.

    Nikki’s passion is to preserve and protect our natural resources, and to help people live in healthy, sustainable homes and workplaces.


    Instructor: Jim Luger
    Jim Luger has been a broker and instructor for over 30 years. He is a member of the Real Estate Educators Association, and is certified as an online instructor by the International Distance Education Certification Center (IDECC). You can contact Jim at Jim@ContinuingEdExpress.com.

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Visit the Vermont Real Estate Commission website for more information about continuing education requirements.

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