It is a common knowledge that very few people are interested in reading research articles. The same is true for niche area like indoor air quality (IAQ). IAQ research focuses on types and nature of indoor air pollutants, contributing factors, the degree of human exposure, and mortality and morbidity implications of being exposed to air pollutants in the indoor environment. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), exposure to unhealthy indoor air quality is one of the top 5 environmental risks to public health. Thus, having knowledge about IAQ research findings is essential for indoor environment users, policymakers and people responsible for delivering energy efficient and healthy indoor environment.
The style of writing, scientific jargons, length of articles are some of the reasons why people, especially the non-experts, find it difficult or unattractive to read IAQ research articles. Cartoon illustration is widely known as a powerful communication tool for people of all ages. This understanding motivates the development of this IAQ education journal called Indoor Air Cartoon Journal. This Journal aims to provide a one-page cartoon illustration every week to educate indoor environment users, policymakers and people responsible for providing energy efficient and healthy indoor environment. This Indoor Air Cartoon Journal is meant to complement IAQ research efforts. Exposure to healthy indoor air is a basic human right. Everyone deserves to know about it, not just the experts.