Indoor air quality: issues and opportunities

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ConferenceLearning From Experience / Avoiding Failures - 4th Canadian Building Congress Programme Abstracts = Comment é viter les désordres en tirant profit de l'expérience - 4iè me Congrès Canadien du Bâtiment Programme Résumés: 1985-10-6, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Pages264274; # of pages: 11
Subjectair quality; air tightness; chemical pollution; biologically active agents; ventilation standards; pollutant standards; Air quality
AbstractIn recent years concerns have arisen about the quality of indoor air as it affects human health, safety and comfort, in what were previously thought to be relatively benign climates such as those in offices, residences, schools and ice arenas. These concerns have been fuelled by the discovery that in many buildings, pollutants of concern are originating indoors and, with reduced ventilation rates, are now occurring at much higher concentrations indoors than outdoors. This fact, coupled with the realization that most people spend the largest portion of their time indoors, and that economics and technology are leading to further reductions in ventilation rates, has led to increased public concern and scientific attention. The problem and its solutions touch upon a range of disciplines within the health, building and environmental communities, and the responsibility does not rest clearly with any one agency. This paper reviews the range of chemical and biological hazards which have been discovered, the ventilation and pollutant standards and guidelines which are emerging, major issues requiring resolution, and social and market opportunities now apparent.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
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NRC number27898
NPARC number20331637
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Record created2012-07-18
Record modified2016-05-09
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