reference : Exploring the consequences of climate change for indoor air quality

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Abstract Climate change will affect the concentrations of air pollutants in buildings. The resulting shifts in human exposure may influence public health. Changes can be anticipated because of altered outdoor pollution and also owing to changes in buildings effected in response to changing climate. Three classes of factors govern indoor pollutant levels in occupied spaces: (a) properties of pollutants; (b) building factors, such as the ventilation rate; and (c) occupant behavior. Diversity of indoor conditions influences the public health significance of climate change. Potentially vulnerable subpopulations include not only the young and the infirm but also those who lack resources to respond effectively to changing conditions. Indoor air pollutant levels reflect the sum of contributions from indoor sources and from outdoor pollutants that enter with ventilation air. Pollutant classes with important indoor sources include the byproducts of combustion, radon, and volatile and semivolatile organic compounds. Outdoor pollutants of special concern include particulate matter and ozone. To ensure good indoor air quality it is important first to avoid high indoor emission rates for all pollutants and second to ensure adequate ventilation. A third factor is the use of air filtration or air cleaning to achieve further improvements where warranted.
Author Nazaroff, W. W.
DOI 10.1088/1748-9326/8/1/015022
Date Jan-Mar
ISSN 1748-9326
Issue 1
Journal Environmental Research Letters
Keywords adaptation; air pollution; buildings; carbon monoxide; carbon dioxide; combustion; environmental tobacco smoke; exposure; health; mitigation; ozone; particulate matter; radon; ventilation; environmental tobacco-smoke; ultrafine particle concentrations; volatile; organic-compounds; monoxide-related deaths; kerosene space heaters; short-term mortality; united-states; respiratory symptoms; nitrogen-dioxide; particulate matter
Language English
Notes Times Cited: 0 Nazaroff, William W. US Environmental Protection Agency This letter was developed from text originally drafted by the author while serving on a committee of the Institute of Medicine addressing the 'Effect of Climate Change on Indoor Air Quality and Public Health'. The committee's work was financially supported by the US Environmental Protection Agency. John D Spengler chaired the committee and David A Butler was the study director. Iop publishing ltd Bristol
Pages 015022
Title Exploring the consequences of climate change for indoor air quality
Volume 8
Year 2013
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