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Indoor Air Quality

The Latest Sampling and Analytical Methods, Second Edition

By Kathleen Hess-Kosa

© 2012 – CRC Press

397 pages | 68 B/W Illus.

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In the new millennium, indoor air quality methodologies have expanded, evolved, and morphed. This book addresses the old and the new. The focus is shifting from a knee-jerk to a more proactive response. Although indoor air quality in older buildings will continue to present old challenges, new construction is going forward with new challenges.

Indoor Air Quality: The Latest Sampling Methods, Second Edition covers basic concepts and details various approaches to the identification and assessment of indoor air contaminants that contribute to building-related illness in commercial buildings, institutions, and residences. Included are newly added topics focusing on less common concerns in indoor air quality such as psychological and building comfort factors and approaches to assessing air movement within buildings. Expanded appendices and three new chapters provide the reader with 30 percent new material, including the most recent approaches to indoor air quality as well as more inclusive information to further address quality problems.

Coverage includes:

  • New Sewage Gases and HV AC Systems, assessment guidelines, "tainted Chinese drywall," green buildings, and the LEED Rating System and ASHRAE 189.1
  • A historic overview with regulatory limits and guidelines; preliminary investigation methods including means for assessing complaints; and a means for speculation, narrowing the hunt for offenders
  • Sampling methodologies for volatile organic compounds; microbial volatile organic compounds; carbon dioxide; carbon monoxide; formaldehyde; and product emissions
  • Sampling methodologies for animals allergens such as dust mites and forensic methods for identifying dust components

The book is a "practical guide" for developing a theory and following it through to the sampling methodologies, identification and interpretation of suspect/known air contaminants, and assessing HVAC and sewage systems.


"… very good discussion of emissions, measurement methods, reference resources, and many of the national and international standards that will become increasingly relevant to the indoor environmental field."

—Robert W. Miller, CIH, Industrial Hygiene Consultant, Argus Environmental

"As a microbiologist investigating indoor environmental quality issues, it is important to have knowledge regarding other potential problems that may affect indoor environments beyond biological growth and contamination. Microbiological investigations are often conducted in a forensic manner (i.e., we look for the source of unidentified problems rather than simply monitoring pass/fail levels of a known contaminant), and this book provides strategies for investigation and guidance to set reliable protocols."

—Sean Abbott, Ph.D., Laboratory Director, Natural Link Mold Lab

"I like how honest the writing is, stating the facts of the situations and not jumping to conclusions… we deal with clients who ‘smell something funny’ all the time. They usually think it is mold since the media has scared them into that but your writings show different aspects"

—Jessica Bray, Owner/Manager, ServPro of Guadalupe & Gonzales Counties

"As a defense attorney handling toxic tort litigation, a working knowledge of sampling protocols and cutting-edge trends is critical. The ability to evaluate expert opinions and analyze underlying methodology and assumptions is often the difference between winning and losing. This book is useful in my practice and will stay within arms reach as an important reference."

—Kerry Haliburton, Attorney-at-Law, Naman Howell Smith and Lee

Table of Contents

The Starting Line

Historic Overview

Investigation Plan

The Hypothesis

Omnipresent Bioaerosols

Pollen and Spore Allergens

Viable Microbial Allergens

Pathogenic Microbes

Toxicigenic Microbes

Chemical Unknowns

Volatile Organic Compounds

Mold Volatile Organic Compounds and Mold Detection

Carbon Dioxide

Carbon Monoxide


Product Emissions

Identification of Dusts

Forensics of Dust

Animal Allergenic Dust

Building Systems and Materials

HVAC Systems

Sewage Systems and Sewer Gases

‘Tainted’ Chinese Drywall

Green Buildings



About the Author

Kathleen Hess-Kosa is the president/owner of Omega Southwest Consulting. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, with a minor in microbiology and chemistry from Oklahoma State University and a Master of Science in Industrial Hygiene from the College of Engineering at Texas A&M University. In 1982, she was introduced to her first indoor air quality study and became enamored with building-related challenges. She has written numerous books upon the subject of indoor air quality.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Facility Management
NATURE / Environmental Conservation & Protection
SCIENCE / Chemistry / General
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Health & Safety