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Human perception, productivity and symptoms related to indoor air quality

Abstract

Three objectives of the present study are formulated: (1) to investigate whether total sensory pollution load on the air in space can be estimated by adding sensory pollution loads from the individual pollution sources; (2) to develop alternative reference exposures which can be used to calibrate sensory evaluations of the air quality indoors made by trained subjects; and (3) to investigate whether decreasing the pollution loads on the air indoors is an effective measure for improving the perceived air quality, reducing the prevalence of health symptoms and increasing people`s productivity. Limited data exist on the addition of families of sensory pollution, sources, i.e., building materials, people and tobacco smoke (research was mainly performed on building materials), and that no field study on addition has been carried out previously. Consequently, laboratory and field experiments on the addition of families of sensory pollution sources were undertaken. Reducing the sensory pollution load on the air indoors proved to be an effective and energy-efficient measure to improve the perceived quality of air, to lower the prevalence of symptoms and to improve productivity. Suggestions for future experiments are made including, i.a., using other sub-populations of subjects stratified for age, sensitivity and type of work, other  More>>
Authors:
Publication Date:
Aug 01, 1998
Product Type:
Thesis/Dissertation
Report Number:
DTU-ET-PHD-98-03
Reference Number:
SCA: 320106; 560300; PA: DK-99:001278; EDB-99:045542; SN: 99002075226
Resource Relation:
Other Information: TH: Thesis (ph.d.); PBD: Aug 1998
Subject:
32 ENERGY CONSERVATION, CONSUMPTION, AND UTILIZATION; 56 BIOLOGY AND MEDICINE, APPLIED STUDIES; AIR QUALITY; INDOOR AIR POLLUTION; VENTILATION; HUMAN FACTORS; OFFICE BUILDINGS; EFFICIENCY; BEHAVIOR; MICROCLIMATES; HEALTH HAZARDS
OSTI ID:
332822
Research Organizations:
Danmarks Tekniske Univ., Lyngby (Denmark). Inst. for Energiteknik; Danmarks Tekniske Univ., Lyngby (Denmark)
Country of Origin:
Denmark
Language:
English
Other Identifying Numbers:
Other: ON: DE99733733; ISBN 87-7475-201-4; TRN: DK9901278
Availability:
OSTI as DE99733733
Submitting Site:
DK
Size:
[266] p.
Announcement Date:

Citation Formats

Wargocki, P. Human perception, productivity and symptoms related to indoor air quality. Denmark: N. p., 1998. Web.
Wargocki, P. Human perception, productivity and symptoms related to indoor air quality. Denmark.
Wargocki, P. 1998. "Human perception, productivity and symptoms related to indoor air quality." Denmark.
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abstractNote = {Three objectives of the present study are formulated: (1) to investigate whether total sensory pollution load on the air in space can be estimated by adding sensory pollution loads from the individual pollution sources; (2) to develop alternative reference exposures which can be used to calibrate sensory evaluations of the air quality indoors made by trained subjects; and (3) to investigate whether decreasing the pollution loads on the air indoors is an effective measure for improving the perceived air quality, reducing the prevalence of health symptoms and increasing people`s productivity. Limited data exist on the addition of families of sensory pollution, sources, i.e., building materials, people and tobacco smoke (research was mainly performed on building materials), and that no field study on addition has been carried out previously. Consequently, laboratory and field experiments on the addition of families of sensory pollution sources were undertaken. Reducing the sensory pollution load on the air indoors proved to be an effective and energy-efficient measure to improve the perceived quality of air, to lower the prevalence of symptoms and to improve productivity. Suggestions for future experiments are made including, i.a., using other sub-populations of subjects stratified for age, sensitivity and type of work, other pollution sources, as well as the independent measures design and repeated exposures to the same environmental conditions. (EG) 209 refs.}
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}