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Indoor air quality laboratory opened in Ottawa

June 5, 2009
OTTAWA, ON, Canada — A new Indoor Air Research Laboratory opened yesterday at the National Research Council''s (NRC) Institute for Research in Construction that will help contribute to better respiratory health by providing a state-of-the-art testing facility for ventilation systems, according to a press release.
Researchers at the Indoor Air Research Laboratory will measure and evaluate the impact of various ventilation systems by configuring the laboratory''s flexible modules to duplicate specific room sizes and home designs, as well as simulate models of heating and air-conditioning systems and heat-recovery ventilators, the release stated.
Minister of State Gary Goodyear said: "Our government is investing in science, technology and research that improves the lives of Canadians, creates jobs and strengthens the economy. The new Indoor Air Research Laboratory will give health experts and the construction industry an insight on how indoor air quality affects our health, while helping businesses develop highly skilled people and improve their competitiveness."
The NRC Indoor Air initiative is a part of the Canadian Government''s Clean Air Agenda, which commits money and resources for government, industry and communities to work together to improve air quality, the release noted.
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