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Should current indoor environment and air quality standards be doing more to protect young people in educational buildings?

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conference contribution
posted on 01.04.2019, 11:01 by Melvin Mathew, Rob McLeod, Dahlia Salman, Paul Thomas
Indoor environmental quality (IEQ) and indoor air quality (IAQ) were assessed in a recently refurbished educational building at Loughborough University, through a monitoring campaign in accordance with Building Bulletin (BB) 101. A particular focus of this work was on emissions from building materials. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) were measured using diffusive (passive) methods involving Thermal Desorption (TD), Gas Chromatography (GC) and Mass Spectrometry (MS) techniques. The results show that although the building performs satisfactorily with respect to guidelines for overheating and ventilation performance according to BB101 (2018) the current guidelines only assess Total Volatile Organic Compound (TVOC) limits which fail to identify the source of IAQ problems. The presence of numerous VOCs indicates that quantification of individual compounds is necessary to assess long-term health risks.

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  • Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering

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CIBSE Technical Symposium 2019

Citation

MATHEW, M. ... et al., 2019. Should current indoor environment and air quality standards be doing more to protect young people in educational buildings? Presented at the 9th CIBSE Technical Symposium, Sheffield, UK, 25-26 April 2019.

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CIBSE

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This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Acceptance date

28/02/2019

Publication date

2019

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This is a conference paper.

Language

en

Location

University Sheffield