Association of ventilation with health and other responses in commercial and institutional buildings

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The paper presents a summary of a review [1] of current literature on the associations of ventilation rates in non-residential and non-industrial buildings (primarily offices) with health and other human outcomes. Twenty studies, with close to 30,000 subjects, investigated the association of ventilation rates with human responses. (Twenty one studies investigating the association of carbon dioxide with human responses, although included in the previous review, are not summarized here.) Almost all studies including ventilation rates below 10 Ls{sup -1} per person found these ventilation rates to be associated in all building types with statistically significant worsening in one or more ... continued below

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Seppanen, Olli; Fisk, William J. & Mendell, Mark J. August 1, 2000.

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The paper presents a summary of a review [1] of current literature on the associations of ventilation rates in non-residential and non-industrial buildings (primarily offices) with health and other human outcomes. Twenty studies, with close to 30,000 subjects, investigated the association of ventilation rates with human responses. (Twenty one studies investigating the association of carbon dioxide with human responses, although included in the previous review, are not summarized here.) Almost all studies including ventilation rates below 10 Ls{sup -1} per person found these ventilation rates to be associated in all building types with statistically significant worsening in one or more health or perceived air quality outcomes. Some studies comparing only ventilation rates above 10 Ls{sup -1} per person determined that increases in ventilation rate above 10 Ls{sup -1} per person, up to approximately 20 Ls{sup -1} per person, were associated with further significant decreases in the prevalence of SBS symptoms or with further significant improvements in perceived air quality. The studies reported relative risks of 1.5-2 for respiratory illnesses and 1.1-6 for sick building syndrome symptoms for low compared to high ventilation rates.

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  • Healthy Buildings 2000, Helsinki (FI), 08/06/2000--08/10/2000

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  • Report No.: LBNL--48246
  • Grant Number: AC03-76SF00098
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 828724
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc787083

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Seppanen, Olli; Fisk, William J. & Mendell, Mark J. Association of ventilation with health and other responses in commercial and institutional buildings, article, August 1, 2000; Berkeley, California. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc787083/: accessed August 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.