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What is behind TVOC in new buildings

Saarela K., Jarnstrom H., Tirkkonen T., Villberg K., 2003
building | ventilation system | health | organic compound
Bibliographic info: Healthy Buildings 2003 - Proceedings 7th International Conference (7th-11th December 2003) - National University of Singapore -. Vol. 1., pp 325-330, 4 Fig., 2 Tab., 8 Ref.
Languages: English

This study reports the attained indoor air quality in new buildings when using different M1-classified finishing materials and ventilation systems. It is practical to use the TVOC value asa reference in comparing material emissions, their effect on indoor air quality and infollowing the effect of different parameters on the indoor air quality. But is TVOC a relevanttool from the health point of view to be used in characterizing the indoor air as the singlecompounds contained in the TVOC value do have very different effects on the health andperceived indoor air quality? This study reports the TVOC and the single VOCs included inthe TVOC value of 10 new apartments and evaluates the validity of TVOC in predicting theindoor air quality and comfort in new buildings.


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