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Title: Should current indoor environment and air quality standards be doing more to protect young people in educational buildings?
Authors: Mathew, Melvin
McLeod, Robert S.
Salman, Dahlia
Thomas, Paul
Keywords: Indoor air quality
Volatile organic compounds
Gas chromatography
Mass Spectrometry, Building Bulletin 101
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: CIBSE
Citation: MATHEW, M. ... et al., 2019. Should current indoor environment and air quality standards be doing more to protect young people in educational buildings? To be presented at the 9th CIBSE Technical Symposium, Sheffield, UK, 25-26 April 2019.
Abstract: Indoor environmental quality (IEQ) and indoor air quality (IAQ) were assessed in a recently refurbished educational building at Loughborough University, through a monitoring campaign in accordance with Building Bulletin (BB) 101. A particular focus of this work was on emissions from building materials. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) were measured using diffusive (passive) methods involving Thermal Desorption (TD), Gas Chromatography (GC) and Mass Spectrometry (MS) techniques. The results show that although the building performs satisfactorily with respect to guidelines for overheating and ventilation performance according to BB101 (2018) the current guidelines only assess Total Volatile Organic Compound (TVOC) limits which fail to identify the source of IAQ problems. The presence of numerous VOCs indicates that quantification of individual compounds is necessary to assess long-term health risks.
Description: This paper is closed access until 27 April 2019.
Version: Accepted for publication
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/37385
Publisher Link: https://www.cibse.org/technical-symposium-2019
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