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Document ID (ISN)100520
CIS number 02-1777
ISSN - Serial title 1529-8663 - AIHA Journal
Year 2002
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Springston J.P., Esposito W.A., Cleversey K.W.
Title Baseline indoor air quality measurements collected from 136 metropolitan New York region commercial office buildings between 1997-1999
Bibliographic information May-June 2002, Vol.63, No.3, p.354-360. Illus. 41 ref.
Abstract Between January 1997 and December 1999, 648 surveys were performed in 136 commercial office buildings in the greater New York area as part of an indoor environmental quality programme. Sampling was performed on a spot basis in non-problem buildings, during normal business hours, either quarterly or semiannually. Carbon dioxide (CO2), carbon monoxide (CO) and total volatile organic compounds (TVOCs) were among the various physical and chemical parameters which were sampled. More than 15,000 data points were collected, and the results were analyzed to determine the mean, median and standard deviation for each of those parameters. The results were then compared to various standards and guidelines applicable to the indoor environment. It was found that 98% of the CO2 readings were below 1000ppm, and 99.9% of the CO readings were below 10ppm. However for TVOCs, nearly 88% of the readings exceeded the proposed European guideline value of 0.3mg/m3.
Descriptors (primary) workplace monitoring; carbon monoxide; carbon dioxide; breathing atmosphere; volatile substances; offices; organic compounds
Descriptors (secondary) New York; sick building syndrome; permissible levels; standard; sampling and analysis; statistical evaluation; exposure evaluation
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Heating, ventilation and climate
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Sick building syndrome
Inorganic substances
Carbon dioxide
Carbon monoxide
Office work