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A campus sustainability initiative: Indoor air quality monitoring in classrooms

Publication Date Feb 1, 2015

Abstract

The presence of contaminants in indoor environments can affect the health of occupants and expose them to several kind of risks (respiratory diseases, allergies, skin/eyes/throat irritation, etc.). During winter season, in addition, concentration of chemicals indoor increases in new or refurbished buildings due to limited ventilation and energy-efficient insulation (windows, doors, walls, etc.) with accentuated negative effects on health. Recent studies have demonstrated that concentration of some air pollutants indoor can exceed that found outdoor. The impacts of indoor air quality on occupant health and comfort are ultimately determined by levels of contaminants and comfort parameters (i.e., temperature, humidity and metabolic substances). It is well known that most of chemicals accumulating indoor are volatile or semi-volatile organic compounds (VOCs and SVOCs, respectively) and their presence is either as gas mixture in indoor air or adsorbed on airborne particulate matter and settled dust. This work represents an initiative of sustainability on campus in which available low-cost technology has been employed to continuously monitor basic parameters, such as carbon dioxide, humidity and temperature inside classrooms of the University of Ferrara. There are a number of relationships that could be useful in discussing carbon dioxide and indoor air quality, such as the impact of carbon dioxide on occupant negative perception of the indoor environment (i.e., low comfort level, high relative humidity levels, body odour) or the ...

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Indicator Of Indoor Air Quality Contaminants In Indoor Environments High Relative Humidity Levels Campus Sustainability Initiative Indoor Air Quality Monitoring Specific Mental Tasks Carbon Dioxide Concentration Indoor Air Air Ventilation Rate Low Comfort Level

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