The Air Infiltration Centre's database, AIRBASE, contains full bibliographic details and concise, informative abstracts in English of published papers covering air infiltration in buildings and related subjects.
The main content relates to the prediction, measurement and reduction of air infiltration and leakage rates in buildings. However, AIRBASE also includes abstracts of papers on indoor pollutants and air quality, natural and mechanical ventilation, the character of wind and its influence on buildings, wind tunnel studies and energysaving measures such as the use of air-to-air heat exchangers. The coverage of these related subjects is not, as yet, comprehensive but it is growing rapidly, especially in the area of air quality.
AIRBASE can be searched by a free-text retrieval system, restricted to language or date of publication if necessary, to find papers on a particular subject. ln addition, the Ali will provide photocopies of particular papers, subject to the usual photocopy restrictions.
AIRBASE became fully operational in July 1980, when it contained 567 entries. This figure has now grown to 875 and is increasing at the rate of more than 20 articles a month. Abstracts of these articles are produced in a bi-monthly bulletin “Recent Additions to AIRBASE”, which is circulated to organisations in participating countries. This growth in AIRBASE reflects the rapid expansion in literature relating to air infiltration; Table 1 (displaying the number of references in AIRBASE by year of publications) shows that three quarters of the relevant literature has been published in the last 10 years.
Table 2 analyses the entries in AIRBASE by language. This includes references to translations as well as the original language of publication. References to translations held by AIC are added to the bibliographic details of the original papers.
This report consists of a subject analysis of AIRBASE in two parts. The analysis itself is presented in Section 1 in tabular form. References are made from each subject to the index numbers of related articles. Section 2 consists of a numerical listing of author, title and bibliographic details of all articles. Section 1 can thus be used as an index to Section 2.