New Home Indoor Air Quality Study


Central and Northern IL homeowners to participate in an indoor air quality study conducted by the Indoor Climate Research & Training group (ICRT), a part of the Applied Research Institute of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

What is this study about?

Figure 1. Measuring ventilation air flow

ICRT is conducting a study funded by the US Department of Energy to learn about the indoor air quality in new homes. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) is a partner in this study.

What does participation involve?

Figure 2. Outdoor monitoring station

Participation involves allowing 2-3 ICRT staff members to visit your home and place temporary monitors to measure air quality indoors and outdoors, and monitor appliance operation.  The visit may last 6-8 hours, and the monitors will remain for one week. A second visit of 6-8 hours will take place at the end of the week to collect monitors and conduct air flow testing.  We ask that participants keep their windows closed during the week, and to log activities that may affect indoor air quality, such as house cleaning.  Participants will also be asked to complete a survey to describe your home and occupancy characteristics.

Why should I sign up?

Collected data will inform researchers as to how indoor air quality varies according to factors such as geographic location and home characteristics. You will be eligible to receive a $300 home improvement store gift card, and a report summarizing results for your home.

Does my home qualify for the study?

Homes that qualify for the study are single-family detached or attached homes (townhomes), built in 2013 or later, and located in Central or Northern Illinois. Participating households must not allow smoking indoors.

How do I sign up?

Contact the research team at 217-300-7188 or e-mail

Meet the Research Team