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Title: Setting up the criteria and credit-awarding scheme for building interior material selection to achieve better indoor air quality
Authors: Niu, JL 
Burnett, J
Keywords: Indoor air quality
Material emissions
Material selection
Regulation
Testing methods
Issue Date: 2001
Publisher: Pergamon-Elsevier Science Ltd
Source: Environment international, 2001, v. 26, no. 7-8, p. 573-580 How to cite?
Journal: Environment International 
Abstract: Methods, standards, and regulations that are aimed to reduce indoor air pollution from building materials are critically reviewed. These are classified as content control and emission control. Methods and standards can be found in both of these two classes. In the regulation domain, only content control is enforced in some countries and some regions, and asbestos is the only building material that is banned for building use. The controlled pollutants include heavy metals, radon, formaldehyde, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Emission rate control based upon environment chamber testing is very much in the nature of voluntary product labeling and ranking, and this mainly targets formaldehyde and VOC emissions. It is suggested that radon emission from building materials should be subject to similar emission rate control. A comprehensive set criteria and credit-awarding scheme that encourages the use of low-emission building material is synthesized, and how this scheme can be practiced in building design is proposed and discussed.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/14540
ISSN: 0160-4120
DOI: 10.1016/S0160-4120(01)00043-5
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