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Residential ventilation system performance: Outcomes of a field study in the Netherlands

Atze Boerstra, Jaap Balvers, Rik Bogers, Rob Jongeneel and Froukje van Dijken, 2012
mechanical ventilation | balanced ventilation with heat recovery | self-reported health | indoor air quality | houses and homes
Bibliographic info: 33rd AIVC Conference " Optimising Ventilative Cooling and Airtightness for [Nearly] Zero-Energy Buildings, IAQ and Comfort", Copenhagen, Denmark, 10-11 October 2012
Languages: English

This paper describes the results of a Dutch national study into performance of mechanical ventilation systems and its effect on the self-reported health and perceived indoor environmental quality of occupants.

Ventilation systems with natural supply and mechanical exhaust ventilation (MEV) and balanced mechanical supply and exhaust systems with heat recovery (MVHR) were investigated. Surveys were performed in 299 homes, which included visual inspections and measurements of ventilation rates per room and installation noise levels. Furthermore, dwellers were questioned regarding perceived indoor air quality and self-reported health.

Results show that shortcomings are common in many homes and for both MVHR and MEV. Shortcomings include insufficient ventilation rate, high noise levels, unclean systems and insufficient maintenance. The indoor environmental quality was perceived more positive in homes with MEV when considering air quality, dryness of air, noise and control options. There was no clear relationship between self-reported health and shortcomings of the ventilation.


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