Ventilation effectiveness measurements in selected NZ office buildings.

Office workers continue to complain about air quality problems, and a significant industry has developed to measure pollutants and environmental conditions such as temperatures and humidity. The effectiveness of the ventilation system is often ignored because it is a difficult measurement to carry out and interpret. The results contained in this paper make a start towards understanding the performance of mechanical ventilation in New Zealand office buildings.

Preliminary ventilation effectiveness measurements by a pulse tracer method.

Workers in 'white collar' jobs continue to complain about air-quality' problems. Although there is a growing commercial interest in the measurement of gaseous and solid pollutants, there is no information on the effectiveness of New Zealand office ventilation systems. A set of baseline data is necessary to develop an understanding of the effectiveness with which air is provided in office spaces. This paper describes the results of preliminary ventilation effectiveness measurements made in mechanically ventilated spaces using a pulse tracer gas method.

Air change effectiveness measurements in two modern office buildings

Local age of air and air change effectiveness were determined in two office buildings using tracer gas techniques to study the air applicability of the associated measurement procedures in mechanically ventilated office buildings. Measurement issues examined include the establishment of a uniform tracer gas concentration at the start of the test and the relationship of ventilation system configuration and system operation to the test procedure.