The Indoor Air Institute


The Indoor Air Institute was formed in 2005 as an independent and unbiased organization to provide high quality, impartial, and relevant contributions to salient scientific and public policy questions concerning the indoor environment.  All results from efforts undertaken by the Indoor Air Institute are made available not only to the sponsors, but also to other key decision-makers, the scientific community, and the public.


The Indoor Air Institute receives funds to organize and conduct meetings and workshops on all major aspects of the indoor environment.  The Institute periodically engages in special reviews and evaluations of key scientific and technological issues that are relevant to public policy concerning indoor environments. Typically, Indoor Air Institute seeks funding from government and foundations. Some project funding may come from commercial interests.  In all cases, the Institute's projects are conducted in the public interest, independent of the funding sources.


An independent Board of Directors governs Indoor Air Institute. The Institute's Directors initiate and oversee IndAir activities. The Indoor Air Institute draws on distinguished scientists who bring wide-ranging and relevant expertise to its activities. The results of each project are communicated through Indoor Air Institute's home page and through publications in open literature.  Results may also be presented directly to professional societies, legislative bodies, and public agencies.



Board of Directors


Hal Levin - President

Hal Levin is a research architect and president of Building Ecology Research Group. His focus has been research and consulting on the impacts of buildings on their occupants and the environment. He coined the term “Building Ecology” in 1979 to describe the study of the dynamic, interdependent relationships between buildings, their occupants, and the larger environment. Levin was educated at Cornell University and University of California Berkeley where he earned a B. Arts degree in English (1964) and the professional degree, B. Architecture (1969). He served as a volunteer architect in the Peace Corps in Colombia (1966 to 1968). He was Research Specialist at the Center for Environmental Design Research at UC Berkeley (1978-1989) and a Lecturer in the Department of Architecture (1978-1983). He was also Lecturer in the Board of Studies of Environmental Studies at UC Santa Cruz (1978-1983). He was Scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (2000-2005).


He served as a member (1977-1985) and President (1983-1985) of the California State Board of Architectural Examiners. He was named a Fellow of ASHRAE and also of ASTM where he has served on and chaired many committees since the mid-1980s. He was Editor of the Indoor Air Quality Update and later the Indoor Air Bulletin, and has published nearly 100 articles and papers and several book chapters. He was a founding member of the International Academy of Indoor Air Sciences and served as the President of its 2002 conference held in Monterey, California.  He is Associate Editor of the journal Indoor Air and on the Editorial Advisory Board of Building Research and Information.



William Fisk – Vice President

William J. “Bill”  Fisk is a Sr. Scientist and leads the Indoor Environment Department at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.  The Department conducts research on building ventilation, indoor environmental quality (IEQ), energy use, exposure and risk assessment, the relationship of IEQ with health and work performance, and economic consequences of IEQ.  Mr. Fisk serves on the Editorial Board for Indoor Air, is a member of the International Academy of Indoor Air Sciences, is a Fellow of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers, has served on National Academy of Science committees on Asthma and IAQ and on Damp Buildings, Mold and Health.  He is an author of approximately 80 refereed archival journal articles or book chapters as well as numerous conference papers and reports that address indoor environmental quality.  He received a MS degree in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.



William Nazaroff – Vice President

William W (Bill) Nazaroff is Professor of Environmental Engineering and Chair of the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California, Berkeley. His research focuses on the physical science of indoor air quality and also on the science of exposure assessment and its applications.  Bill and his students and collaborators have contributed more than 100 peer-reviewed articles to research journals. 


He is coauthor of a textbook, Environmental Engineering Science (Wiley, 2001).  He has served on the Board of Directors of the American Association for Aerosol Research and was vice-president of the organizing committee for Indoor Air 2002.  He has been a visiting professor at the Technion (Haifa, Israel) and at the Technical University of Denmark.  He is currently associate editor of the Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association and is the editor of Indoor Air.  Bill is a member of the International Academy of Indoor Air Sciences and currently serves as its secretary.  He earned degrees in Physics (BA, UC Berkeley, 1978), Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (M. Eng., UC Berkeley, 1980), and Environmental Engineering Science (Ph.D., Caltech, 1989), and he has been a member of the UC Berkeley faculty since 1988.





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Indoor Air Institute

Santa Cruz, California, 95060