Blackwell Publishing Journal Backfiles 1879-2005
Architecture, Civil Engineering, Surveying
Abstract Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) have been simultaneously measured indoors and outdoors at 50 sparsely occupied telecommunications (Telco) offices, 9 variably occupied data centers and 11 densely occupied administrative (Admin) offices. Comparisons among the three building types, as well as within each of the building types, showed the influence of ventilation and sources. On average, the Telco and Admin facilities were better ventilated than the Data Centers, and the geometric mean of the I/O's for ∑VOC (sum of the concentrations of identified VOCs) at Telco (3.2) and Admin (5.3) facilities were lower than at Data Centers (8.6). Admin Offices had more and stronger sources than Telco Offices; when comparably ventilated facilities were compared, many VOCs had I/O ratios that were significantly larger at the Admin Offices. Furthermore, certain VOCs were detected in Admin but not Telco Offices. The influence of human occupancy on indoor VOCs was gauged by comparing sparsely and densely occupied buildings. Octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane (D4), decamethylcyclopentasiloxane (D5), n-dodecane (n-C12) through n-hexadecane (n-C16), limonene, and, to a lesser extent, tetrachloroethylene were all present in higher concentrations when there were more occupants (per unit area). Within this set of compounds, D5 was the best marker of occupant density.
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