Development and validation of a scaling method for environmental chamber determination of VOC emissions from office furniture

Alfred T. Hodgson, Jianshun S. Zhang, Beverly Guo, Jing Xu

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Abstract

The study objectives were to: 1) develop a method for predicting emission rates of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from an office workstation system and workstation components using small chamber testing of individual component materials; 2) validate this method for scaling from materials to furniture objects by conducting tests in small-, mid- and full-scale chambers; and 3) evaluate effects of drawer and door position on VOC emissions. The results indicate that the projection of VOC emissions from small-scale tests of materials is a conservative approach for determining if a furniture system complies with emission standards.

Original languageEnglish (US)
StatePublished - Dec 1 2009
Event9th International Healthy Buildings Conference and Exhibition, HB 2009 - Syracuse, NY, United States
Duration: Sep 13 2009Sep 17 2009

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Other9th International Healthy Buildings Conference and Exhibition, HB 2009
CountryUnited States
CitySyracuse, NY
Period9/13/099/17/09

Keywords

  • ANSI/BIFMA M7.1
  • Emission factor
  • Formaldehyde
  • Power law
  • Small-scale chamber

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction

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    Hodgson, A. T., Zhang, J. S., Guo, B., & Xu, J. (2009). Development and validation of a scaling method for environmental chamber determination of VOC emissions from office furniture. Paper presented at 9th International Healthy Buildings Conference and Exhibition, HB 2009, Syracuse, NY, United States.