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California Indoor Air Quality Specifications for Open Office Systems Furniture and Building Materials

California has a long history of contributing to increased understanding of indoor air quality issues and the means to enhance the quality of air in buildings. This paper describes the evolution of selected IAQ activities in California.

It focuses on the indoor air quality aspects of the open office systems furniture specification, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emissions testing protocol for building material selection including summary results from the first completed building, and a recently-completed study of emissions of building materials by the Department of Health Services (DHS). The reader is referred elsewhere for more details on California’s other sustainable building efforts, including issues related to indoor air quality other than those discussed herein.


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