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Chemical, Microbiological, Health and Comfort Aspects of Indoor Air Quality - State of the Art in SBS : Eurocourses : Chemical and Environmental Scien - Helmut Knoppel

Chemical, Microbiological, Health and Comfort Aspects of Indoor Air Quality - State of the Art in SBS

Eurocourses : Chemical and Environmental Scien

By: Helmut Knoppel (Editor), Peder Wolkoff (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 31st March 1992
ISBN: 9780792317036
Number Of Pages: 378

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Interest in indoor air quality (IAQ) is growing at public, political and scientific levels. Complaints about poor IAQ, associated with acute symptoms such as mucous irritation, headaches and bad odour occur frequently, particularly in the office environment, where typical patterns of symptoms often occur, leading to the coining of the term "sick building syndrome". In the present book, the following issues are addressed: the dynamics of the indoor environment and strategies for indoor measurement; chemical and microbiological pollution, important species, sources and detection methods; effects of indoor pollution, in particular sensory irritation, including odour; airway,eye and skin irritation by organic pollutants and their assessment; immune effects, including allergic sensitization; chemical hyper-responsiveness; controlled human reactions to organic pollutants; building investigation, approaches and results; source characterization and control; criteria, norms and techniques in indoor air pollution, and regulatory aspects. The complex, multifactorial nature of sick building syndrome requires multidisciplinary collaboration from very diverse fields. It is evident that communication between researchers coming from different areas, all speaking their own language is a very difficult task. This book aims to present a solid foundation on the state of the art on sick buildings and how to cure them.

List of Contributors
The Sick Building Syndrome--Overview and Frontiersp. 1
Chemical and Biological Aspects
The dynamics of the indoor environment and some strategical aspects of indoor measurementsp. 15
Organic indoor pollutants--sources, species, and concentrationsp. 25
Sampling and analysis of organic indoor air pollutantsp. 37
Characterization of organic emissions from indoor sourcesp. 49
Sensory characterization of air quality and pollution sourcesp. 59
Indoor microbiological pollutants--sources, species, characterisation and evaluationp. 73
Effects of Indoor Air Pollution on Humans
Irritation of the upper airways. Mechanisms and structure--activity relationshipsp. 99
Assessment methods and causes of eye irritation in humans in indoor environmentp. 115
Indoor environment and the skinp. 129
Sensory effects for indoor air quality controlp. 141
Indoor air pollution: immunological interactionsp. 155
Indoor pollution and allergic sensitizationp. 181
Chemical hyper-responsivenessp. 201
Some studies of human reactions from the emissions of building materials and office machinesp. 231
Human reactions to controlled exposures to VOC's and the "TOTAL-VOC" conceptp. 247
'Sick' Building Epidemiology
Questionnaires in exposure and effect assessment in the fieldp. 263
The effects of microbiological pollution in buildings--results of building investigationsp. 275
Building epidemiology--approaches and results (European experience)p. 287
Building epidemiology and investigatiom--approaches and results (U.S. experience)p. 295
Mitigation and Control
Regulating indoor airp. 311
Controlling sources of indoor air pollutionp. 321
Construction and health--criteria, standards and techniques against indoor pollutionp. 343
Healthy buildings--where do we stand, where should we go?p. 361
Subject indexp. 373
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ISBN: 9780792317036
ISBN-10: 0792317033
Series: Eurocourses : Chemical and Environmental Scien
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 378
Published: 31st March 1992
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 1.6