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Lessons Learned from Product Testing, Source Evaluation, and Air Sampling from a Five-Building Sustainable Office Complex

This paper discusses the variability in measured ventilation rates and concentrations of measured chemicals, the time course of emissions of some chemicals, and the relative contributions of the building materials versus the occupants and their activities.

Alevantis, L.E., H. Levin, R. Miller, J.M. Waldman and D. Mudarri, 2006.  Lessons Learned from Product Testing, Source Evaluation and Air Sampling from a Five-Building Sustainable Office Complex.  Healthy Buildings 2006, Lisbon, Portugal, June 4-8, 2006

A five-building, 140,000 m2 (1.5 million ft2) sustainable office building complex was constructed for the State of California in 2002-03. The majority of the interior finishing materials were tested for volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions by their manufacturers prior to selection and installation. Building ventilation rates and indoor concentrations of chemicals were measured multiple times, from pre­occupancy to several months after occupancy. This paper discusses the variability in measured ventilation rates and concentrations of measured chemicals, the time course of emissions of some chemicals, and the relative contributions of the building materials versus the occupants and their activities.


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