Indoor Air Quality Assessment of Campus Spaces with Carbon Dioxide as a Measure of Adverse Health Effects
Graham Brown, Isabella Luu
8 years ago
Creative Commons CC BY 4.0
Indoor air quality (IAQ) is referred to as “the air quality within and around buildings and structures, especially as it relates to the health and comfort of building occupants” (US EPA, 2015). Indoor pollutant levels further determine the quality of indoor air, and one of the indicators used to measure IAQ is carbon dioxide (CO2). Drawing on data collected from a classroom, auditorium, and gym setting in the Mount Royal University campus, the aim of this report is to determine if CO2 levels present are within established margins substantial to result in adverse health effects. Environmental factors that are considered in this report include: room size, supply air, and occupant load in the specified spaces on the campus. The results of this study suggest that there are a myriad of factors that may affect IAQ and that CO2 is merely an indicator of poor air quality. Overall, peak indoor CO2 levels can further be used to determine appropriate ventilation rates in an indoor space.