Investigation of building materials as VOC sources in indoor air

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ConferenceProceedings of the Joint NSC-NRC Workshop on Construction Technologies: 26 April 2004, Taipei, Taiwan
Pages173180; # of pages: 8
Subjectbuilding materials, volatile organic compounds, emissions, chamber test; Volatile organic compounds
AbstractSource control using low emission building materials followed by ventilation has been considered as one of the most effective strategies for controlling volatile organic compounds (VOCs) indoors. To apply this strategy, it is necessary to have a decision-making tool for assessing the impact of material emissions on indoor air quality under various ventilation conditions. Therefore, a multi-year, client-supported project on material emissions and indoor air quality modelling was launched from 1996 to 2000 to develop such a tool, known as Material Database and Indoor Air Quality Simulation Program (MEDB-IAQ). On the project sponsors' suggestion, a follow-up project (Phase II) was conducted between 2000 and 2004 to improve the MEDB-IAQ. In this project, efforts were made to characterize VOC emissions for a total of 60 building materials and 90 chemicals. The emission data were incorporated into the MEDB-IAQ. Additional tasks were also conducted, including emission model development based on fundamental mass transfer theory and the investigation of environmental factors on material emissions. This paper provides a brief summary of the main tasks undertaken in both phases of the project.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
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NRC number47056
NPARC number20377475
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