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Ventilation behaviour and indoor air problems in different types of newly built dwellings

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Author: Dongen, J.E.F. van · Phaff, J.C.
Institution: TNO Preventie en Gezondheid
Source:Fourth International Conference on Indoor Air Quality and Climate (INDOOR AIR '87), 17 August 1987 through 21 August 1987, Berlin, West Germany, 1-6, 15, 95-106
Environment International
Identifier: 230804
Keywords: Environment · Air Pollution--Indoor · Architecture · Environmental Testing--Netherlands · Human Engineering · Air Flow · Indoor Environmental Variables · Occupant Response · Houses · air quality control · house insulation · housing · indoor air pollution · netherlands · room ventilation · Urban Development · Built Environment


In four types of newly built single family dwellings and in apartments of a block of flats in the Netherlands, the behaviour and motivations of the occupants are studied with respect to their response to heating and ventilation, as well as their judgment on indoor air and climate variables such as tobacco smoke, cooking smells, vapour, mould, dryness, draft and temperature. Knowing the behaviour of the occupants and the building characteristics, estimates are made on the air flows through the dwellings and these air flows are related to stated indoor air and climate problems. The results from the field studies provide recommendations for architects and developers of dwellings and installations and to researchers working on this type of field study. A thesis is proposed that people still define something as a problem, if the resolution offered to solve the problem is also experienced as undesirable.