Ventilation Relevant Contaminants of Concern in Commercial Buildings Screening Process and Results

TitleVentilation Relevant Contaminants of Concern in Commercial Buildings Screening Process and Results
Publication TypeReport
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsSrinandini Parthasarathy, Thomas E McKone, Michael G Apte
InstitutionLawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
CityBerkeley
Abstract

This report summarizes the screening procedure and its results for selecting contaminants of concern (COC), whose concentrations are affected by ventilation in commercial buildings. Many pollutants comprising criteria pollutants, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), semi-volatile organic compounds (SVOCs) and biological contaminants are found in commercial buildings. In this report, we focus primarily on identifying potential volatile organic COC, which are impacted by ventilation. In the future we plan to extend this effort to inorganic gases and particles. Our screening considers compounds detected frequently in indoor air and compares the concentrations to health-guidelines and thresholds. However, given the range of buildings under consideration, the contaminant sources and their concentrations will vary depending on the activity and use of the buildings. We used a literature review to identify a large list of chemicals found in commercial-building indoor air. The VOCs selected were subject to a two stage screening process, and the compounds of greater interest are included in priority List A. Other VOCs that have been detected in commercial buildings are included in priority List B. The compounds in List B, were further classified into groups B1, B2, B3, B4 in order of decreasing interest.

LBNL Report Number

LBNL-6118E