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Main Title Volatile Organic Chemicals in 10 Public-Access Buildings.
Author Wallace, L. ; Jungers, R. ; Sheldon, L. ; Pellizzari, E. ;
CORP Author Research Triangle Inst., Research Triangle Park, NC.;Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC. Office of Acid Deposition, Environmental Monitoring, and Quality Assurance.
Year Published 1987
Report Number EPA-68-02-4040; EPA/600/D-87/152;
Stock Number PB87-191607
Additional Subjects Air pollution ; Public buildings ; Organic compounds ; Sampling ; Indoor air pollution ; Volatile organic compounds ; Air quality
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
NTIS  PB87-191607 Some EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. 07/26/2022
Collation 9p
The U.S. EPA carried out studies of indoor air quality in 10 buildings. Qualitative analysis identified over 200 aromatics, halogens, esters, alcohols, phenols, ethers, ketones, aldehydes, and epoxides, in addition to several hundred aliphatic hydrocarbons. The total organic load for nine buildings exceeded outdoor levels, by factors of up to 100 for new buildings. New buildings had high levels of eight organics (e.g., decane, xylenes, 1,1,1-trichloroethane). Levels in three new buildings declined with half-lives of 2-8 weeks. For some chemicals (e.g., trichloroethylene) levels increased with time, indicating the influence of consumer products or activities.