Due to changes in lifestyle, people spend more time indoors. This refers not only to the time spent at home and at office premises, but also in shopping malls, recreation centers and transport vehicles. Concentrations of many pollutants are higher indoors than they are outdoors. Consequently, the indoor environment has a bigger impact on human health, well being and effectiveness.
Indoor Environment Engineering is a relatively new scientific discipline with an interdisciplinary character, using knowledge from chemistry, biology, medicine and engineering. Since the early 1990s, the number of studies in this area has grown significantly from research on indoor air parameters, new emerging pollutants in indoor air, energy saving systems of heating, to studies on ventilation and air-conditioning in buildings. Even though much progress has been made since then, a number of questions still remains open:
- How can indoor air quality be measured? What are reliable, time- and cost-efficient methods?
- How can indoor air quality be improved, investing as little energy as possible?
- How to minimize secondary pollution caused by air supply systems?
- Which type of pollutants should research focus on?
- In what way are we exposed to new pollutants (plasticizers, ﬂame retardants, pesticides)? What is their impact on our health?
Management of Indoor Air Quality is a collection of 14 peer reviewed papers in Indoor Environment Engineering addressing the above issues. It includes research on HVAC impact on aerosol levels, new ventilation systems as well as air quality problems in new environments. The volume is intended for scientists, engineers, post-graduate and graduate students interested in the area of indoor environment.
Table of Contents
Preface, M.R. Dudzinska
Biohazards in the indoor environment – A role for threshold limit values in exposure assessment, R.L. Górny, M. Cyprowski, A. Ławniczek-Wałczyk, M. Gołofit-Szymczak & L. Zapór
Seasonal variation and size distribution of bioaerosols in an air-conditioned auditorium – a case study, A. Rozej, M.R. Dudzinska & U. Gaska-Jedruch
Aerosol particle concentrations and indoor air parameters in school classrooms, B. Połednik
Indoor activity of 222Rn in different types of rooms in domestic dwellings, A. Dołhanczuk- ´ Sródka, Z. Ziembik & M.Wacławek
Emission of volatile organic compounds (VOC) from lacquered surfaces, M. Czajka &A. Dziewanowska-Pudliszak
Nail polishes and nail polish removers as sources of volatile organic compound emissions, E. Huzar & A.Wodnicka
Improvement of thermal comfort and the possibility of energy savings using personalized ventilation, M. Chludzinska &A. Bogdan
Panel heating systems while thermal comfort and energy saving in residential building, M. Rosinski, T. Cholewa, Z. Spik, & A. Siuta-Olcha
The choice of an optimal heating system for a low-energy single-family house under Polish climatic conditions – A case study, A. Siuta-Olcha & T. Cholewa
Thermal conditions and aerosol particle number concentration in a lecture room, B. Połednik & M.R. Dudzinska
Thermal modernization and biodeterioration of prefabricated elements of buildings – a case study, M. Piontek, M. Jasiewicz & K. Łuszczynska
A method for testing different materials for their use as radon barriers, K. Kozak
Magnetic properties of dust as indicators of indoor air pollution: Preliminary results, M. Jelenska, B. Górka-Kostrubiec & E. Król
TiO2-based photocatalysts in indoor swimming pool air purification, A. Hänel, A. Korkosz & J. Hupka