Yu C K, Chow T T
Bibliographic info:
Hong Kong, City University, Division of Building Science and Technology, 2001, proceedings of IAQVEC 2001, "Indoor Air Quality, Ventilation and Energy Conservation in Buildings: Fourth International Conference", held Changsha, Hunan, China, 2-5 October, 2

This paper presents the feasibility of predicting the transient CO2 levels in a classroom. Air measurements in the classrooms were taken to determine the fresh air change rate and ventilation effectiveness by means of tracer gas method. The fresh air change rate, effectiveness, occupancy, and outdoor CO2 levels were used as inputs for prediction of indoor CO2 concentration. The general profiles of predicted CO2 concentrations are quite similar to that of the measured values. The ventilation rate is often overestimated. CO2 concentration is a good indicator for real-time ventilation control, if the major pollutant sources are occupants. CO2 demand controlled ventilation should therefore be applied to classrooms or lecture theatres to improve indoor air quality and building energy performance.