What and How You Cook Affects Indoor Air Quality

Help the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBNL) to model exposures in homes! Please take a few minutes and fill out a cooking survey, which asks questions about  what and how you have cooked in past 24 hours in your home.

Previous work in the Residential Buildings Group at LBNL (homes.lbl.gov) has shown that cooking at home is a significant source of indoor air pollution and that what and how you cook affects pollutant concentrations in your homes. The survey results will be used to develop behavior protocols for use in indoor exposure models at LBNL. 

LBNL is conducting a broad collection of research activities to inform the setting of ventilation standards that protect health and advance energy efficiency goals. To this end, it set out to answer the following questions.

  • Which pollutants represent chronic and acute health hazards from inhalation in residences?
  • Can the health risks and harm from these pollutants be quantified to facilitate prioritization of these hazards?
  • How can ventilation contribute to mitigating exposures and ultimately the harm caused by air pollutants in homes?
  • How can we control indoor air pollutant sources to cost effectively complement or reduce the need for ventilation?
  • How can air cleaning and filtration be used to reduce in-home exposures to both outdoor air pollutants and those generated in the home?
  • How can the required amounts of ventilation and filtration be provided cost effectively while minimizing energy use?

The survey does not ask for any private information and only takes about 5 minutes.