Sick Buildings: Definition, Diagnosis and Mitigation / Edition 1

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This book is a comprehensive examination of the phenomenon of poor indoor air quality (IAQ) characterized as sick or problem buildings. Significant emphasis is given to defining the nature of the problem, the various potential causal and risk factors, problem building diagnostic protocols and contaminant measurements, and the mitigation of IAQ problems, including case histories. The book features a discussion on the potential causal factors studied extensively in Europe and recognized in North America as well.

Discusses people-related risk factors/environmental systems/ contaminants of biological origin/office equipment/etc.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780873713467
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/1/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Defining the Issues
Building-Related Illness
Sick Building Syndrome
Tight Buildings
Sick Buildings/Problem Buildings
Multiple Chemical Sensitivity
Chapter 2. People-Related Risk Factors
Personal Characteristics
Psychosocial Phenomenon
Tobacco Smoking
Chapter 3. Environmental Conditions/Environmental Systems
Environmental Conditions
Environmental Systems
Chapter 4. Office Materials, Equipment, and Furnishings
Office Materials and Equipment
Floor Covering
Chapter 5. Gas/Vapor- and Particulate-Phase Contaminants
Volatile Organic Compounds
Chapter 6. Contaminants of Biological Origin
Hypersensitivity Diseases
Legionnaires' Disease
Chronic Allergic Rhinitis
Allergy and Allergens as Risk Factors for SBS Symptoms
Other Biological Contaminant-Related Health Concerns
Chapter 7. Diagnosing Problem Buildings
Role of Public and Private Groups
Role of Industrial Hygiene
Problem Building Investigation
Features of Investigative Protocols
Procedures for Evaluating Problems with HVAC Systems
Chapter 8. Measurement of Indoor Air Contaminants
Contaminant Measurement Considerations
Procedures for Commonly Measured Chemical/Physical Contaminants
Sampling Biological Aerosols
Chapter 9. Source Control
Chemical Contaminants
Biological Contaminants
Surface Dusts
Chapter 10. Contaminant Control
General Dilution Ventilation
Local Exhaust Ventilation
Air Cleaning

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