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.
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
Effective as of Fall 2011
BSCI 9170 is offered as a part of the following programs:
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