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While ventilation rates do not directly affect occupant health or perception outcomes, they affect indoor environmental conditions including air pollutant concentrations that may modify the occupants' health or perceptions. This article summarizes the review by SeppÃnen, et al. of current literature on the relationship of ventilation rates and carbon dioxide concentrations in non-residential and nonindustrial buildings (primarily offices) with the health of the building's occupants and with the occupants' perceptions of indoor air quality (IAQ). The review aims to provide a better scientific basis for setting health-related ventilation standards. This summary focuses primarily on the ventilation rate studies.

 

Citation: ASHRAE Journal, vol. 44, no. 8, August 2002