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Title: Indoor air quality (IAQ) in Hong Kong service apartment
Authors: Mui, K 
Chan, M 
Leung, C
Lau, Y
Issue Date: 2005
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Source: Indoor air, 2005, v. 15, no. supp.11, p. 145-145 How to cite?
Journal: Indoor air 
Abstract: Service apartment is becoming a popular mode of accommodation in Hong Kong. It provides all-in-one domestic services and maintenance service for tenants. Most service apartments are air tight with centralized air conditioning, and hence the Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) in service apartments is highly relying on the performance of mechanical ventilation (MV) system. Pollutants such as carbon dioxide (CO(2)), carbon monoxide (CO), respirable suspended particulates (RSP), radon, and environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) can accumulate to alarming levels due to unsatisfactory performance of MV system and the human activities. It stirred up a great concern from the public of where they are living. Furthermore, the presence of ETS would also aggravate the air quality. This paper aims at studying the IAQ in service with particular emphasis on occupancy level and human activities. In this study, it focused on what, and how human activities can affect prevailing IAQ. The results and analysis also compared with the IAQ certification scheme for offices and public places launched by the Hong Kong Environmental Protection Department (HKEPD). Carbon dioxide (CO), carbon monoxide (CO), respirable suspended particulates (RSP) and radon were monitored in service apartments according to the measurement protocol stipulated in the document. Ventilation rates and demographic information were also collected for subsequent analysis. Levels of pollutants in service apartments complied with the guidelines in most occasions. However, the results suggested that there was a potential health hazard to habitats. The finding can be served as a basis for future work.
Description: 10th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality and Climate (Indoor Air 2005), Beijing, Peoples R China, 4-9 September 2005
ISSN: 0905-6947
EISSN: 1600-0668
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