Indoor air quality

Katrina E. Paleologos, Mohamed Y.E. Selim, Abdel Mohsen O. Mohamed

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14 Citations (Scopus)


This chapter discusses the air pollutants that are found indoors, from what materials and sources they originate, their sampling and measurement, and how they affect human health by presenting case studies with an emphasis on residential buildings and schools. It also presents various indoor air quality (IAQ) guidelines, management, and technologies, as well as the impact of indoor environmental quality (IEQ) on health and comfort. Furthermore, the concept of green buildings is highlighted with its features related to building design and management, IAQ guides, organizations, and practices. The need for optimized buildings ventilation, air conditioning systems design, and indoor air purification to ensure IAQ is also presented. Active versus passive control methods of IAQ are reviewed and examples of residential and schools buildings are discussed in relation to sampling guidelines and IAQ practices. In addition, the IEQ, which in addition to IAQ extends to thermal conditions, noise, and light of an interior space, is expounded in view of the design of buildings, which need to function effectively in more aspects than those emphasized in current sustainability guidelines. Although significant progress has been made in the construction industry by following sustainability regulations, the emphasis has been on energy, water, and material savings. The current chapter makes the case that health, psychological, and productivity factors are equally important when considering the design, construction, and operation of buildings and, hence, need to be incorporated in current sustainability regulations.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPollution Assessment for Sustainable Practices in Applied Sciences and Engineering
Number of pages85
ISBN (Electronic)9780128095829
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2020


  • Active air sampling
  • Airborne biological pollutants
  • Dampness and mold
  • Effect of outdoor pollution on iaq
  • Green buildings
  • House dust mites
  • Indoor air pollutants (iap)
  • Indoor air quality (iaq)
  • Indoor environmental quality (ieq)
  • Outdoor to indoor ratio
  • Sick building syndrome
  • Volatile organic compounds
  • Whole air sampling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering
  • General Environmental Science


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