Special Issue "Indoor Air Quality and Health 2016"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Health".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2017)
Dr. Tania Martellini
Department of Chemistry, University of Florence, Via della Lastruccia 3, 50019 Sesto Fiorentino (FI), Italy
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Interests: indoor air quality; volatile organic compounds (VOCs); diffusion of odorous compounds; emerging contaminants; POPs; remote areas; environmental chemisrty; environmental fate of contaminants; environmental distribution of pollutants
In the last few decades, Indoor Air Qualty (IAQ) has received increasing attention from the international scientific community, political institutions and environmental governances for improving the comfort, health and well-being of building occupants. Several studies on this topic have showed both qualitative and quantitative indoor air quality variations through the years, underlining an increase in pollutants and their levels. To this aim, IAQ-related standards and regulations, IAQ policies for non-industrial buildings and monitoring plans have been developed in various countries in the world. It is known that IAQ may have a significant impact on health and general quality of life, and it is estimated that people spend about 90% of their time in both private and public indoor environments, such as homes, gyms, schools, work places, transportation vehicles, etc. Poor air quality has been linked to Sick Building Syndrome (SBS), reduced productivity in offices and impaired learning in schools. For many people the health risks from exposure to indoor air pollution may be greater than outdoor pollution. In particular, poor indoor air quality can be harmful to vulnerable groups such as children, elderly or those suffering chronic respiratory and/or cardiovascular diseases.
The indoor environments are the result of the interaction between the site, climate, construction techniques, building materials and furnishings, moisture processes, activities taking place within the building, outdoor sources, ventilation systems and behaviour of building occupants (i.e., smoking, painting, etc.).
IAQ can be affected by various pollutants, including gases (i.e., carbon monoxide, ozone, radon), Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), particulate matter and fibres, organic and inorganic contaminants, and biological particles such as bacteria, fungi, and pollen.
Pollutant sources include outdoor contaminants from traffic and industry, which enter from infiltrations and/or through natural and mechanical ventilation systems, and indoor contaminants, which are originated within the building, from combustion sources (such as burning fuels, coal and wood, tobacco products and candles), emissions from building materials and furnishings, central heating and cooling systems, humidification devices, electronic equipment, products for household cleaning, pets and individuals. It should be also taken into account that it is difficult to manage the control of IAQ and provide a full list of pollutants and sources applicable to all indoor environments.
The impact of these pollutants on human health may show up after single or repeated exposure episodes and will depend not only on their concentration, toxicity and exposure period but also on the synergic effect of different pollutants. Moreover, the level of indoor pollution is of critical importance for the conservation and preservation of vulnerable materials (i.e., art works, books, documents) in heritage and historic environments.
This Special Issue is open to any subject area affecting IAQ.
Dr. Alessandra Cincinelli
Dr. Tania Martellini
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- indoor air quality (IAQ)
- air pollution
- health risk assessment
- human exposure
- cultural heritage exposure
- epidemiological investigations
- dynamics of indoor air contaminants
- sources of indoor pollutants
- inorganic pollutants
- organic pollutants
- odorous compounds
- particulate matter
- physical pollutants
- biological agents
- heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems
- air sampling
- climate control
- sustainable building
- occupational health safety
- indoor/outdoor ratio