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Effect of ventilation on health and other human responses in office environment

Seppänen O.I., Fisk W.J., 2004
ventilation | health | indoor air quality | sick building syndrome
Bibliographic info: RoomVent 2004, 9th international conference in University of Coimbra - Portugal, 5-8th september 2004, pp 16, 6 Fig.., 1 Tab., 18 Ref.
Languages: English

As ventilation is a significant consumer of energy the rates of ventilation have often been minimized, particularly after the energy crisis in the early 70s, in order to reduce equipment and energy costs. This has caused in many countries indoor air quality problems. It has been shown that ventilation rates have adverse effects on communicable respiratory illnesses; on sick building syndrome symptoms; on productivity and perceived air quality. Often the prevalence of SBS symptoms is higher in air-conditioned buildings than in naturally ventilated buildings. The evidence suggests that improvements in the hygiene, commissioning, operation and maintenance of air handling systems may be particularly important for reducing the negative effects of air conditioning systems.


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