Webinar and Discussion: What Have We Learned About the Microbiomes of Indoor Environments?
Thursday, September 22
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. EDT
Within the built environments, in the air, water, heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, and on surfaces, there exist a vast number and diversity of species of bacteria, viruses, fungi, and protozoa. These microbial communities or "microbiomes" are influenced by interactions with humans, animals, and plants. They are also affected by factors such as air flow, temperature, humidity, chemical exposures, and building materials. These factors are in turn, shaped by the design, construction, and use of the built environments.
For a better understanding of microbiomes in the built environment and their impacts on human health, U.S. EPA along with NASA, NIH, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation tasked the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to convene a panel of experts to examine the formation and function of microbial communities in the built environment, their impact on human health, and how human occupants shape complex indoor microbes.