Tribal Indoor Air Quality

Building Performance: Improving IAQ in Warm Climates


Building Performance: Improving IAQ in Warm Climates provides tribal environmental professionals with building science principles and a review of how a home responds as a dynamic system in warm climates. 

Instructors delivering content for this online course expect you have a good understanding of indoor air quality (IAQ) basics and a basic understanding of IAQ and health, environmental conditions, structural design and construction, and operation and maintenance issues for residential homes in your community. This online course is equivalent to 0.8 continuing education units (CEUs) and requires approximately eight hours of total learning time. CEUs can be earned by completing the following course topics:

  • Getting to Know Your Warm Climate Region
  • Residential Construction
  • Assessing Potential Problems
  • Managing Moisture
  • Ventilation

After completing this online course, participants will be able to:

  • Explain how the home responds as a “dynamic system.”
  • Identify basic building science principles.  
  • Have a Quality Assurance Project Plan for and educational outreach project on the topic of indoor air quality.

Presenters and Instructors:

Jed Harrison, former Indoor Air Quality/Building Science Researcher/EPA Lab Director

Mansel Nelson, Senior Program Coordinator, Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals - Environmental Education Outreach Program

Online platform technical support: itep-elearning@nau.edu 

Below is a preview of the course content. Log in to your account and enroll to access the material. 

Course Content

  • FileCourse Navigation Instructions
  • ForumAnnouncements
  • ForumIntroduce Yourself Here
  • ForumQuestions or comments about the course?
  • PageIntroduction to the Course
  • AssignmentCourse Workbook: Building Performance: Improving IAQ in Warm Climates
  • Page1.1 Video: Why is Climate Important?
  • Interactive ContentQuiz 1.1: Why is Climate Important?
  • Page1.2 Video: Köppen Climate Classification System
  • Interactive ContentQuiz 1.2: Köppen Climate Classification System
  • Page1.3 Video: PRISM Climate Group
  • Interactive ContentQuiz 1.3: PRISM Climate Group
  • Page1.4 Video: Precipitation and Relative Humidity
  • Interactive ContentQuiz 1.4: Precipitation and Relative Humidity
  • Page1.5 Video: Climate Zones (DOE/IECC/ASHRAE)
  • Interactive ContentQuiz 1.5: Climate Zones (DOE/IECC/ASHRAE)
  • Page1.6 Video: Psychrometric Chart
  • Interactive ContentQuiz 1.6: Psychrometric Chart
  • FileCombined Presentation Slides for "Getting to Know Your Warm Climate Region" (Videos 1.1 to 1.6)
  • Page2.1 Video: Factors to Consider for Diagnosing a Home
  • Interactive ContentQuiz 2.1: Factors to Consider for Diagnosing a Home
  • Forum2.1 Discussion: Factors Affecting Residential Homes in Your Community
  • Page3.1 Video: Key Building Science Principles
  • Interactive ContentQuiz 3.1: Building Science Principles
  • FileResource file: Relative Humidity Chart
  • Page4.1 Videos: Residential Construction Review and Foundations
  • Interactive ContentQuiz 4.1: Foundations
  • Page4.2 Videos: Roofs and Building Envelope
  • Interactive ContentQuiz 4.2: Roofs and Building Envelope
  • Page4.3 Videos: HVAC-Cooling and Attics
  • Interactive ContentQuiz 4.3: HVAC-Cooling and Attics
  • FileCombined Presentation Slides for "Residential Construction Review and Foundations" (Videos 4.1 to 4.3)
  • Page5.1 Video: Occupant Interview
  • Interactive ContentQuiz 5.1: Occupant Interview
  • Page5.2 Video: Walk-Through
  • Interactive ContentQuiz 5.2: Walk Through
  • FilePresentation slides for Assessing Potential Problems
  • Page6.1 Video: Managing Moisture
  • Interactive ContentQuiz 6.1 Managing Moisture
  • Page6.2 Video: Managing Moisture in Arid Climates
  • Interactive ContentQuiz 6.2 Managing Moisture in Arid Climates
  • FileCombined Presentation slides for Managing Moisture
  • Page7.1 Video: What is Ventilation? Ensuring Adequate Fresh Air
  • Interactive ContentQuiz 7.1: What is Ventilation? Ensuring Adequate Fresh Air
  • Page7.2 Video: Natural Ventilation.
  • Interactive ContentQuiz 7.2: Natural Ventilation.
  • Page7.3 Video: Designed Ventilation.
  • Interactive ContentQuiz 7.3: Designed Ventilation.
  • FileCombined Presentation slides for Cooling and Ventilation in Hot Summer Climates
  • Page8.1 Video: Source Control
  • Interactive ContentQuiz 8.1: Source Control
  • AssignmentHome Assessment Form
  • AssignmentCourse Workbook
  • QuestionnaireCourse Evaluation - Building Performance: Improving IAQ in Warm Climates
  • Custom certificateCertificate of Completion - Building Performance: Improving IAQ in Warm Climates