Indoor Air Hygiene Commission

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The IRK developes recommendations on various issues and problems concerning indoor air hygiene
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The Indoor Air Hygiene Commission (IRK) provides professional counsel to the president of the Federal Environment Agency on all matters of indoor air hygiene.

Recommendations and opinions

The members of this commission are appointed by the UBA President for a period of three years and come primarily from scientific institutions in Germany and various authorities at the Laender level. Membership in the IRK is honorary. In addition to appointed members, representatives from the Federal Ministry for Environment, the Federal Ministry of Health, Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Affairs, as well as the Federal Environment Agency itself attend its regular meetings. Other expert guests are invited as necessary.

The IRK develops recommendations and opinions on various issues and problems concerning indoor air hygiene. In the past, this has concerned for example tetrachloroethene in dry cleaning shops; household disinfectants; polychlorinated biphenyls; asbestos in storage heaters; asphalt floor panelling; and formaldehyde. Newer areas of focus include the occurrence of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) after application of adhesives containing tar when putting down parquet panelling, hygiene problems of air conditioning and ventilation in buildings, microbiological indoor air pollution, and emissions from building products. The IRK has recently published several manuals.

The Commission’s areas of focus in the current session include proper ventilation in schools and particulates in indoor spaces.


Indoor Air Hygiene Commission

  • PD Dr. Dr. Wolfgang Bischof

    University Clinic, Jena
    Indoor Air Climatology
    Humboldtstraße 16
    07743 Jena

  • PD Dr. Steffen Engelhart

    Institute for Hygiene and Public Health
    Sigmund-Freud-Str. 25
    53105 Bonn

  • Dr. Thomas Gabrio

    Regierungspräsidium Stuttgart
    Baden-Wuerttemberg State Health Office Ref.92
    Environmental public health protection
    Wiederholdtstraße 15
    70174 Stuttgart

  • Dr. Birger Heinzow

    State Office of Health and Occupational Safety, Schleswig-Holstein
    Hamburger Chaussee 25
    24220 Flintbek

  • Prof. Dr. Olf Herbarth

    UFZ Center for Environmental Research Leipzig-Halle Ltd.
    Department of Human Exposure Research and Epidemiology
    Permoserstraße 15
    04318 Leipzig

  • Dr. Caroline Herr

    Institute for Hygiene and Environmental Medicine
    University of Giessen
    Fridrichstraße 16
    35385 Gießen

  • Dr. Hermann Kruse

    University Clinic of Schleswig-Holstein
    Institute for Experimental Toxicology
    Brunswiker Str. 10
    24105 Kiel

  • PD Dr. Susanne Lau

    Freie Universität Berlin
    Clinic for Pediatrics - Pneumology and Immunology (CVK)
    Augustenburger Platz 1
    Mittelallee 8 (AP 1- MA 8)
    13353 Berlin

  • Dr. Wolfgang Lorenz

    Institute for Indoor Air Diagnostics
    Marconistraße 23
    40589 Düsseldorf

  • Dr. Inge Mangelsdorf

    Fraunhofer Institute for Toxicology and Experimental Medicine
    Nikolai-Fuchs-Str. 1
    30625 Hannover

  • Univ.-Prof. Dr. Volker Mersch-Sundermann

    University of Gießen, University Clinic
    Dept. Indoor and Environmental Toxicology
    Aulweg 123
    35385 Gießen

  • Dipl.-Chem. Wolfgang Misch

    German Institute of Building Engineering (DIBT)
    Kolonnenstraße 30L
    10829 Berlin

  • Dipl.-Architektin Helene Neumann

    Consumer Association of North-Rhine Westphalia
    Mintropstr. 27
    40215 Düsseldorf

  • Prof. Dr. Henning Rüden

    Charité Campus Virchow Clinic
    University Medicine, Berlin
    Institute of Hygiene and Environmental Health
    Heubnerweg 6 (Haus II)
    14059 Berlin

  • Dr. Helmut Sagunski

    Public Office for Science and Health of the City of Hamburg
    Dept. of Consumer Protection, G25
    Billstr. 80
    20539 Hamburg

  • Prof. Dr. Tunga Salthammer

    Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research
    Wilhelm Klauditz Institute (WKI)
    Bienroder Weg 54E
    38108 Braunschweig

  • Prof. Dr. Klaus Sedlbauer

    Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics
    Fraunhoferstr. 10
    83626 Valley

  • Dr. Gudrun Lücke-Brunk

    Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety
    Ref. IG II 2
    P.O. Box 12 06 29
    53048 Bonn

  • Dipl.-Ing. Hans-Dieter Hegner

    Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Affairs
    Ref. B 14
    Invalidenstraße 44
    11030 Berlin

  • Dr. Norbert Englert

    Federal Environment Agency Dept. II 1.1
    P.O. Box 1406
    06813 Dessau-Roßlau

  • Dr. Wolfgang Heger

    Federal Environment Agency Dept. II 1.2
    P.O. Box 1406
    06813 Dessau-Roßlau; Executive Board of Ad-hoc Working Group IRK-AOLG

  • Dr. Marike Kolossa

    Federal Environment Agency, Dept. II 1.2
    P.O. Box 1406
    06813 Dessau-Roßlau

  • Dr. Heinz-Jörn Moriske

    Federal Environment Agency, Dept. II 1.3
    P.O. Box 1406
    06813 Dessau-Roßlau; Executive Board of IRK

  • Dr. Wolfgang Plehn

    Federal Environment Agency, Dept. III 1.4
    P.O. Box 1406
    06813 Dessau-Roßlau

  • Dr. Regine Szewzyk

    Federal Environment Agency, Dept. II 1.4
    P.O. Box 1406
    06813 Dessau-Roßlau

  • Dr. Detlef Ullrich

    Federal Environment Agency, Dept.II 1.3
    P.O. Box 1406
    06813 Dessau-Roßlau

  • ederal Health Office recommendation on tetrachloroethene in indoor air

    Bundesgesundheitsblatt 31 (1988), pp. 99-101

  • Recommendation on use of disinfectants and pesticides

    Bundesgesundheitsblatt 31 (1988), p. 366

  • Recommendations on building clean-up after fires

    Bundesgesundheitsblatt 33 (1990), pp. 32-34

  • Polychlorinated biphenyls in indoor air

    Bundesgesundheitsblatt 33 (1990), p. 497-499

  • Storage heaters containing asbestos

    Bundesgesundheitsblatt 34 (1991), p. 198

  • Federal Health Office recommendation on asphalt floor panelling

    Bundesgesundheitsblatt 34 (1991), p. 391

  • Control of pollutant emissions from building materials and other products used in indoor areas

    Bundesgesundheitsblatt 36 (1993), p. 76

  • Assessment of indoor air quality

    Bundesgesundheitsblatt 36 (1993), pp. 117-118

  • Substitution of tetrachloroethene with hydrocarbon solvents in dry cleaning

    Bundesgesundheitsblatt 36 (1993), p. 392

  • Biological indoor air pollution

    Bundesgesundheitsblatt 38 (1995), pp. 284-287

  • Hygiene requirements of air conditioning and ventilation systems in buildings

    Bundesgesundheitsblatt 38 (1995), pp. 288-289

  • DDT in US-Housings

    Bundesgesundhbl.-Gesundheitsforsch.-Gesundheitsschutz 42 (1999), p. 88

  • Guidebook on indoor air hygiene in school buildings

    Federal Environment Agency, June 2000

  • Guidebook on prevention, assessment, and clean-up of mould growth in indoor spaces

    Federal Environment Agency, December 2002

  • Guidebook on source detection and clean-up of mould in indoor spaces

    Federal Environment Agency, September 2005