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VIP 36: Metrics of Health Risks from Indoor Air

Benjamin Jones , 2017
indoor air quality | metric | health | contaminant | pollutant | IAQ
Bibliographic info: AIVC VIP 36, 2017
Languages: English Pages (count): 6

In a recent review of 31 green building certification schemes used around the world, IAQ was found to contribute to only 7.5% of the final score on average. As policy makers strive to reduce the energy demands of buildings by sealing or reducing outdoor air ventilation rates, an unintended consequence could be the reduction in the quality of indoor air with corresponding negative health effects at a population scale. This article summarizes the discussions of an Air Infiltration and Ventilation Centre workshop on IAQ metrics held in March 2017. It first identifies the types of contaminants found in many buildings today, the mechanisms of exposure to them, and methods of mitigating their effects. It then explores metrics that could be used to quantify the quality of indoor air.


 


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