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Volatile organic compounds within indoor environments in Australia

Goodman, NB, Steinemann, A, Wheeler, AJ ORCID: 0000-0001-9288-8163, Paevere, PJ, Cheng, M and Brown, SK 2017 , 'Volatile organic compounds within indoor environments in Australia' , Building and Environment, vol. 122 , pp. 116-125 , doi: 10.1016/j.buildenv.2017.05.033.

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Abstract

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are pervasive indoor air pollutants. This paper systematically evaluates25 years (1991e2016) of investigations of VOCs within indoor environments in Australia. Among 31papers evaluated, the most frequently studied environment was domestic housing (61%), and the mostfrequently quantified compound was formaldehyde (81%). Active sampling techniques were used in 82%of studies of benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylene (BTEX), and in 38% of studies of formaldehydeand other carbonyls. New homes had the highest VOC levels among all studies of domestic housing. Fornearly all pollutants, indoor levels were several times higher than outdoor levels. Among the mostprevalent compounds indoors were terpenes, such as d-limonene and α-pinene. All studies were conductedat a regional or local level, and no study reported statistically representative indoor VOC data forthe Australian population. The evaluation revealed a diversity of sampling approaches and techniques,pointing to the importance of a standard approach for collecting and reporting data.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Goodman, NB and Steinemann, A and Wheeler, AJ and Paevere, PJ and Cheng, M and Brown, SK
Keywords: volatile organic compounds, indoor air quality, formaldehyde, BTEX, terpenes
Journal or Publication Title: Building and Environment
Publisher: Pergamon-Elsevier Science Ltd
ISSN: 0360-1323
DOI / ID Number: 10.1016/j.buildenv.2017.05.033
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