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In the last fifteen years pollution has increasingly affected the air in inhabited places; this is known as indoor air pollution. It has been noted that there are many sources of pollution in inhabited places, giving rise to concentrations of various types of pollutants: from the radon issuing from the ground to nitrogen dioxide, produced by gas stoves, and organic fumes emitted by cigarettes and many materials used in the construction, furnishings and running of buildings. Everything is aggravated by the increased cost of power for heating, which makes it necessary to reduce exchanges between the inside and the outside of the building, with the consequent increase in concentrations of pollutants. The analyses currently being carried out take advantage of chromatographic techniques and mass spectrometry; recently spectrometry was introduced in the supercritical phase, allowing the heaviest and/or thermally unstable compounds to be analysed. A realistic way to resolve the problem is to make a kind of catalogue of construction/furnishing materials and everyday domestic products in terms of the fumes emitted; this will make it possible to establish classification lists showing which materials are preferable.

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Authors: DE BORTOLI M, JRC Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Article: Richmac Magazine, Sept./Oct. (1990) pp. 49-53
Record Number: 199110144 / Last updated on: 1994-12-02
Original language: it
Available languages: it