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Building Design and Material Selection

Studies of indoor air quality (IAQ) and occupant health and comfort only identify associations of risk factors without demonstrating causality. Logical analysis and the dominant evidence point to certain root or primary risk factors. Designers can best target their IAQ control efforts based on analysis of identified risk factors and logical plausibility.

A process is proposed to target design efforts to have maximum impact on primary or root building factors that contribute to the prevalence of sick building syndrome and building related illness. Some key factors are identified and general design considerations are discussed.  Design guidance is given for the major primary or root risk factors.

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