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Odour assessment as a necessary complement to chemical evaluation of building products

O. Ramalho, F. Maupetit, 2003
building material | emission | odour
Bibliographic info: Healthy Buildings 2003 - Proceedings 7th International Conference (7th-11th December 2003) - National University of Singapore - Vol. 3, pp 342-347, 2 Tab., 20 Ref.
Languages: English

Evaluation of emissions from building products is mainly focused on comparison betweenexposition concentrations of identified individual organic compounds and health criteria. Noadequate integrated criterion is available for interaction and mixture effects. Besides,everyone performs daily evaluation of perceived air quality. Human beings through theirsenses, for example, olfaction and chemesthesis, are able to achieve a synthetic response to aglobal mixture of compounds. It is thus essential to perform sensory tests complementingchemical analysis to take into account the impact of the whole emission of sources. Tworelated questions remain to be answered: the kind of sensory test and the type of sensoryinformation and criterion to be used in the evaluation procedure.

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