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BSCI 9170 - Ventilation and Indoor Air Quality

Building Science Part-time Studies Course

School of Construction and the Environment

BCIT is planning for a substantial return to on-campus activity for the fall 2021 term as informed by BC Public Health Officer guidelines. Refer to each course listing for details.

Course Details

This course introduces students to the most important indoor air contaminants and their respective emission sources, including building materials, occupants of spaces, and ventilation systems. Students will learn how to measure typical indoor air contaminants and assess their impact on the built environment and health. Strategies to improve IAQ, by building material selection, modelling low-emitting materials, and ventilation are addressed. The following topics are covered: Emissions from indoor environment sources (construction materials) with impact on Indoor Air Quality (IAQ); Bio-effluents from human beings, animals and plants with impact on IAQ; Strategies of improving Indoor Air Quality, including typical ventilation types and IAQ modelling; Behaviour of indoor air contaminants and the formation of health-relevant by-products; Mould growth and detection, and mould refurbishment; Relationship between occupants’ behaviour and moisture and other pollutant productions; Health effects of relevant indoor air contaminants and the Sick Building Syndrome (SBS); Guidelines in respect to IAQ; Design and purpose of air handling (HVAC) systems and their impact on IAQ, including an excursion; Analytical methods for determining typical IAQ parameters.


BSCI 9000



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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Assess the volatile emission spectrum from building materials and human beings.
  • Improve IAQ by selection of building materials, improving ventilation strategies, and best practices in construction and maintenance.
  • Detect, assess and refurbish mould damage.
  • Determine the possible adverse health effects of the most relevant IA contaminants and address the issues.
  • Implement the existing IAQ guidelines in practice.
  • Assess the benefits and potential risks of HVAC systems in terms of IAQ.
  • Assess the impact of different ventilation strategies on IAQ.
  • Sample and assess selected IAQ parameters.
  • Predict IAQ with state-of-the-art software (e.g., IA-QUEST).
  • Discuss important issues regarding IAQ with colleagues of other disciplines to work efficiently in multi-disciplinary teams.

Effective as of Fall 2011

Related Programs

BSCI 9170 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Construction and the Environment

  1. Building Energy Modelling
    Part-time   Graduate Certificate
  2. Building Engineering/Building Science
    Full-time/Part-time   Master of Applied Science
  3. Building Science
    Full-time/Part-time   Master of Engineering


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