Human exposure to emissions from building materials

S. Kjærgaard, P. Hauschildt, Jan Pejtersen, L. Mølhave

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    Objectives. Reactions to emissions from building matrials were studied in a climate chamber as part of an intervention study in an office building. New and existing flooring materials were compared with regard to comfort and health.Methods. Twenty subjects were exposed four times for six hours respectively to clean air, to emissions from linoleum, from carpet, and from an alternative new vinyl. Measurements of objective and subjective effects were made.Results. Tear film stability decreased after exposure to linoleum. The nasal volume decreased near-significantly for all exposures. No effects were found on peak flow, eye foam formation, tear fluid cells, or conjunctival epithelial damage. Among subjective evaluations only sound intensity rating was significant. A correlation was found between acute nose irritation rating and change in nasal volume.Conclusions. The findings indicate physiological effects by linoleum and carpet used and that changing to vinyl flooring may reduce these.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProc. of 8th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality and Climate
    Place of PublicationLondon
    PublisherConstruction Research Communications, Ltd.
    Publication date1999
    Publication statusPublished - 1999
    Event8th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality and Climate - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
    Duration: 8 Aug 199913 Aug 1999
    Conference number: 8


    Conference8th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality and Climate
    CountryUnited Kingdom

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