NRC-IRC's material emissions study yielding results

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Journal titleSolplan Review
IssueMarch 121
Pages1819; # of pages: 2
Subjectindoor air quality, volatile organic compounds, building materials; Indoor air
AbstractWhile the adverse nature of VOCs has been known for some time, it has been difficult to accurately measure their concentrations, or to understand their effects on health. This meant there was little guidance that could be given to builders and designers to help them select materials that reduce the exposure of occupants to potentially harmful emissions. Recognizing these problems, NRC's Institute for Research in Construction partnered with industry and government in the late 1990s to launch a comprehensive research project on material emissions. The study had two main objectives. The first was to provide the building industry with tools for assessing the contribution of a given building product, material or furnishing to a given indoor VOC concentration, with a view to helping builders and designers make healthy selections. The second objective was to provide product manufacturers with much better knowledge about the VOC emission characteristics of their products and in so doing, establish a baseline for reducing emissions.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
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NRC number47718
NPARC number20378014
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Record created2012-07-24
Record modified2016-05-09
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