A Comprehensive VOC emission database for commonly-used building materials

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ConferenceProceedings of the 7th International Conference of Healthy Buildings 2003: 13 July 2003, Singapore
Pages16; # of pages: 6
Subjectbuilding materials, VOCs, emission, indoor air; Volatile organic compounds
AbstractA material emission database was developed for 48 building materials based on ASTM test methods. The database consists of model coefficients for the five to six most abundant volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emitted from each building material. A power-law model was used to describe the emissions from dry materials including particleboard, plywood, oriented strand board (OSB), solid wood, gypsum wallboard, acoustic ceiling tile, vinyl flooring, underpad, and carpet. The VOC emissions from wet materials were divided into three temporal regions with separate emission models including a vapor pressure and boundary layer model, an exponential decay model, and a power-law model. The wet materials include wood stain, polyurethane varnish, adhesive, caulking sealant, floor wax, and paint. Since the database is linked to a single-zone indoor air quality simulation program, it can be used to explore trade-offs between material selection and ventilation strategies.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
Peer reviewedYes
NRC number46265
NPARC number20386186
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Record created2012-07-25
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