Policy Issues

Roundtable Responds to EPA's Request for Information on Indoor Air Quality

December 5, 2022

The Real Estate Roundtable today submitted comments in response to the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) recent Request for Information on “Better Indoor Air Quality Management To Help Reduce COVID-19 and Other Disease Transmission in Buildings.”

Download The Roundtable's letter.

Policies that promote building health and wellness have assumed heightened urgency since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Roundtable encourages policymakers and business leaders to push for the safe return of employees to their physical workspaces to enhance collaboration, productivity, and help reinvigorate the small businesses in downtown neighborhoods that are essential to thriving urban communities and their tax bases.  A public-private partnership recognition program that commends leadership in improve indoor air quality (“IAQ”) design and management could be a key component of a “back-to-the-workplace” movement if certain factors are taken into consideration, as listed in The Roundtable's letter. 

Should EPA pursue next steps to develop an IAQ labeling program, another round of stakeholder comments must be gathered on any particular proposed criteria prior to release in the marketplace. Meanwhile, at this nascent RFI stage, The Roundtable provides recommendations detailed in the letter on a potential IAQ label’s general contours.

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