Assessment of indoor environmental quality in existing multi-family buildings in North-East Europe

Liuliu Du, Tadas Prasauskas, Virpi Leivo, Mari Turunen, Maria Pekkonen, Mihkel Kiviste, Anu Aaltonen, Dainius Martuzevicius, Ulla Haverinen-Shaughnessy

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    Abstract

    Sixteen existing multi-family buildings (94 apartments) in Finland and 20 (96 apartments) in Lithuania were investigated prior to their renovation in order to develop and test out a common protocol for the indoor environmental quality (IEQ) assessment, and to assess the potential for improving IEQ along with energy efficiency. Baseline data on buildings, as well as data on temperature (T), relative humidity (RH), carbon dioxide (CO2), carbon monoxide (CO), particulate matter (PM), nitrogen dioxide (NO2), formaldehyde, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), radon, and microbial content in settled dust were collected from each apartment. In addition, questionnaire data regarding housing quality and health were collected from the occupants. The results indicated that most measured IEQ parameters were within recommended limits. However, different baselines in each country were observed especially for parameters related to thermal conditions and ventilation. Different baselines were also observed for the respondents' satisfaction with their residence and indoor air quality, as well as their behavior related to indoor environment. In this paper, we present some evidence for the potential in improving IEQ along with energy efficiency in the current building stock, followed by discussion of possible IEQ indicators and development of the assessment protocol. (C) 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)74-84
    Number of pages11
    JournalEnvironment International
    Volume79
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2015
    Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

    Keywords

    • Environmental monitoring
    • Exposure
    • Questionnaire
    • Residential buildings
    • IEQ indicators
    • IN-HOUSE DUST
    • ENERGY EFFICIENCY SCHEME
    • PERSONAL EXPOSURE
    • RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS
    • PRESCHOOL-CHILDREN
    • SEASONAL-VARIATION
    • THERMAL COMFORT
    • WARM-FRONT
    • HEALTH
    • HOMES

    Publication forum classification

    • Publication forum level 2

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