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Title: Volatile organic chemicals in 10 public-access buildings

Abstract

The U.S. EPA carried out studies of indoor air quality in 10 buildings. Qualitative analysis identified over 200 aromatics, halogens, esters, alcohols, phenols, ethers, ketones, aldehydes, and epoxides, in addition to several hundred aliphatic hydrocarbons. The total organic load for nine buildings exceeded outdoor levels, by factors of up to 100 for new buildings. New buildings had high levels of eight organics (e.g., decane, xylenes, 1,1,1-trichloroethane). Levels in three new buildings declined with half-lives of 2-8 weeks. For some chemicals (e.g., trichloroethylene) levels increased with time, indicating the influence of consumer products or activities.

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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Research Triangle Inst., Research Triangle Park, NC (USA)
OSTI Identifier:
6330128
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OSTI ID: 6330128
Report Number(s):
PB-87-191607/XAB
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; 29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY; ORGANIC COMPOUNDS; VOLATILE MATTER; PUBLIC BUILDINGS; INDOOR AIR POLLUTION; AIR QUALITY; SAMPLING; AIR POLLUTION; BUILDINGS; ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY; MATTER; POLLUTION 500200* -- Environment, Atmospheric-- Chemicals Monitoring & Transport-- (-1989); 290300 -- Energy Planning & Policy-- Environment, Health, & Safety

Citation Formats

Wallace, L., Jungers, R., Sheldon, L., and Pellizzari, E. Volatile organic chemicals in 10 public-access buildings. United States: N. p., 1987. Web.
Wallace, L., Jungers, R., Sheldon, L., & Pellizzari, E. Volatile organic chemicals in 10 public-access buildings. United States.
Wallace, L., Jungers, R., Sheldon, L., and Pellizzari, E. Fri . "Volatile organic chemicals in 10 public-access buildings". United States.
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title = {Volatile organic chemicals in 10 public-access buildings},
author = {Wallace, L. and Jungers, R. and Sheldon, L. and Pellizzari, E.},
abstractNote = {The U.S. EPA carried out studies of indoor air quality in 10 buildings. Qualitative analysis identified over 200 aromatics, halogens, esters, alcohols, phenols, ethers, ketones, aldehydes, and epoxides, in addition to several hundred aliphatic hydrocarbons. The total organic load for nine buildings exceeded outdoor levels, by factors of up to 100 for new buildings. New buildings had high levels of eight organics (e.g., decane, xylenes, 1,1,1-trichloroethane). Levels in three new buildings declined with half-lives of 2-8 weeks. For some chemicals (e.g., trichloroethylene) levels increased with time, indicating the influence of consumer products or activities.},
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place = {United States},
year = {1987},
month = {5}
}

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