Archived Newsletter April 2014

MicroBEnet Blogs

A summary of the recent topics posted on

As usual, our blog posts spanned a wide range of topics relevant to the microbiology of the built environment, ranging from kitchens to space stations.

Featured overview: Project MERCCURI



Recent interesting papers:

Microbes in the popular press:

Lectures and slides:

Podcasts and videos:

Methods and Tools:

Soliciting community feedback:


Resource of the Month: ASHRAE
by Julia Luongo
The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) is an excellent source of information on ventilation as it affects indoor air quality.  ASHRAE, through its standards committee and technical committees, generates standards and recommends and promotes new and revised standards developed by other responsible organizations.  An interdisciplinary committee of engineers, architects, chemists, physiologists, product manufacturers, and industry representatives develops ASHRAE standards. The standards are voluntary consensus national standards.


ASHRAE Standard 62 has been revised a number of times and the most recent was just released, 62.2-2013, “Ventilation and Acceptable Indoor air Quality in Low-Rise Residential Buildings” and ASHRAE 62.1-2013 “Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality“; the latter has become the guideline by which all indoor air quality is judged. ASHRAE also released an “Indoor Air Quality Guide: Best Practices for Design, Construction, and Commissioning” in 2009, pulling together “practical, technically sound information covering the full range of indoor air quality issues important to practitioners.”



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