Impact of attached garages on indoor residential BTEX concentrations

R. E. Dodson, J. I. Levy, J. P. Shine, J. D. Spengler, Deborah H Bennett

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Abstract

Attached garages can act as potential source areas of volatile organic compounds to indoor residential environments. Integrated concentration measurements of several VOCs were collected over 48 hour periods in residences and in corresponding attached garages at 11 homes around the Boston, Massachusetts area across two seasons. Continuous air exchange measurements were also collected using sulfur hexafluoride. Concentrations of VOCs associated with gasoline were much greater in the garage than inside the house, and there is enough air flow to the home attributable to the attached garage that the attached garages represent a potentially important contribution to indoor VOCs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHB 2006 - Healthy Buildings: Creating a Healthy Indoor Environment for People, Proceedings
Pages217-220
Number of pages4
Volume1
StatePublished - 2006
EventHealthy Buildings: Creating a Healthy Indoor Environment for People, HB 2006 - Lisboa, Portugal
Duration: Jun 4 2006Jun 8 2006

Other

OtherHealthy Buildings: Creating a Healthy Indoor Environment for People, HB 2006
CountryPortugal
CityLisboa
Period6/4/066/8/06

Keywords

  • Attached garages
  • Indoor air
  • Volatile organic compounds (VOCs)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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    Dodson, R. E., Levy, J. I., Shine, J. P., Spengler, J. D., & Bennett, D. H. (2006). Impact of attached garages on indoor residential BTEX concentrations. In HB 2006 - Healthy Buildings: Creating a Healthy Indoor Environment for People, Proceedings (Vol. 1, pp. 217-220)