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Use of volatile organic compounds as an indicator in indoor air quality investigations
Author(s): Monica Popa; Marcel Sabin Popa
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Paper Abstract

It is generally accepted that buildings shelter us from the most unpleasant and unhealthy outdoor conditions and pollutants. However, reductions in ventilation rates to conserve energy and extensive use of new building materials, many of which emit organic compounds have made us aware that the indoor environment poses its own threats of discomfort and injury to health. Hundreds of volatile organic components (VOC) have been detected in the indoor air. Some of them are known to be toxic, mutagenic, or carcinogenic. Volatile organic compounds are now a major source of air pollution in Europe. However, none has attracted as much attention as formaldehyde. There is a growing awareness that VOC concentrations existing in indoor and outdoor air is very high, whereas the number of sources that emit VOCs is just enormous. Research is urgently needed for development of reasonable standards for indoor air quality, in the design of healthful built environments from this point of view.

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Date Published: 29 July 2002
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 4900, Seventh International Symposium on Laser Metrology Applied to Science, Industry, and Everyday Life, (29 July 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.484507
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Monica Popa, Univ. of Medicine and Pharmacy of Cluj-Napoca (Romania)
Marcel Sabin Popa, Technical Univ. of Cluj-Napoca (Romania)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4900:
Seventh International Symposium on Laser Metrology Applied to Science, Industry, and Everyday Life
Yuri V. Chugui; Sergei N. Bagayev; Albert Weckenmann; P. Herbert Osanna, Editor(s)

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