Report. no. 20. Sensory evaluation of indoor air quality: European Collaborative Action: Indoor Air Quality & Its Impact on Man

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  • Birgitta Berglund, Sweden
  • Philomena Bluyssen, Netherlands
  • Geo Clausen, Denmark
  • Ana Garriga-Trillo, Spain
  • Lars Gunnarsen, Denmark
  • Helmut Knöppel, Italy
  • Thomas Lindvall, Sweden
  • Patrick MacLeod, France
  • Lars Mølhave, Denmark
  • Gerhard Winneke, Germany
  • Institute of Environmental and Occupational Medicine
Human subjects are indispensable in the measurement of perceived indoor air quality. Chemical and physical methods of characterisation often are insensitive to odorous and sensory irritating air pollutants, or do not take account of combinations of singular pollutants in a biologically meaningful way. Therefore, sensory methods many times are the only or the preferred tool for evaluation of perceived indoor air quality.

This report presents background to and advice on methodologies for sensory evaluation of perceived indoor air quality. It proposes methods which apply to source assessments as well as field investigations. The methods will assist in labelling of building materials, characterising air quality in indoor spaces, controlling ventilation performance, and measuring occupant responses in questionnaire field studies of the sick building syndrome.

The proposed methods will enable designers, manufacturers, chemical and ventilating engineers, consumers, building and health authorities, and other decision makers to compare and select appropriate building materials, furnishings etc. Thereby the design, supply and control for good perceived air quality in indoor spaces will be easified which will lower the costs and minimize waste of energy.
Original languageEnglish
Place of publicationIspra
PublisherEuropean Commission, Joint Research Centre
EditionEUR 18676
Number of pages94
ISBN (Print)92-828-5699-2
Publication statusPublished - 1999
SeriesEuropean Collaborative Action: Indoor Air Quality & Its Impact on Man
Number20

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