Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/17354
Title: Inter-comparison of air pollutant concentrations in different indoor environments in Hong Kong
Authors: Lee, SC 
Guo, H
Li, WM
Chan, LY
Keywords: Indoor air quality
Carbon dioxide
PM10
Formaldehyde
Total bacteria counts
VOCs
Issue Date: 2002
Publisher: Pergamon Press
Source: Atmospheric environment, 2002, v. 36, no. 12, p. 1929-1940 How to cite?
Journal: Atmospheric environment 
Abstract: Indoor air quality in selected indoor environments in Hong Kong such as homes, offices, schools, shopping malls and restaurants were investigated. Average CO2 levels and total bacteria counts in air-conditioned classrooms, shopping malls and restaurants were comparatively higher than those measured in occupied offices and homes. Elevated CO2 levels exceeding 1000 ppm and total bacteria counts resulted from high occupancy combined with inadequate ventilation. Average PM10 levels were usually higher indoors than outdoors in homes, shopping malls and restaurants. The highest indoor PM10 levels were observed at investigated restaurants due to the presence of cigarette smoking and extensive use of gas stoves for cooking. The restaurants and shopping malls investigated had higher formaldehyde levels than other indoor environments when building material, smoking and internal renovation work were present. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in both indoor and outdoor environments mainly resulted from vehicle exhaust emissions. It was observed that interior decoration work and the use of industrial solvents in an indoor environment could significantly increase the indoor levels of VOCs.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/17354
ISSN: 1352-2310
EISSN: 1873-2844
DOI: 10.1016/S1352-2310(02)00176-0
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