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Sick buildings or not: Indoor air quality and health problems in schools
KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Centres, Centre for Technology in Medicine and Health, CTMH.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1882-3833
2007 (English)In: Indoor + Built Environment, ISSN 1420-326X, E-ISSN 1423-0070, Vol. 16, no 6, 548-555 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Poor indoor air in schools has become a wide-spread problem with serious effects on occupant health. Resultant costs can be considerable at both local and national government levels. These include absenteeism and rehabilitation as well as building alterations and even demolition and rebuilding. This project aims to show factors contributing to health problems in Swedish schools. It includes a literature survey and particle measurements taken during various activities. Due to the fact that today there is no standard for indoor air quality (IAQ) in schools, in this project we used the outdoor air surrounding the building as an indicator. Results showed that indoor school environments had high airborne pollution levels, to a degree that probably causes health problems for many people. Regarding IAQ, this project shows the importance of taking into consideration choices in activities and furnishing of the building.

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2007. Vol. 16, no 6, 548-555 p.
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indoor environment, air quality, sick building syndrome (SBS), measurements, furnishing and materials, particle implications, dust
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-17193DOI: 10.1177/1420326x07084414ISI: 000251995500008Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-36249026326OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-17193DiVA: diva2:335236
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QC 20100525Available from: 2010-08-05 Created: 2010-08-05 Last updated: 2017-12-12Bibliographically approved

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