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The amount of volatile organic compounds (VOC) in indoor air has been measured for various purposes using different techniques yielding different results. To increase comparability of results, the report suggests a definition of total volatile organic compounds (TVOC) TVOC referring to a specified range of VOCs. The measured concentrations of identified VOCs within the specified range are summed up. The report discussed the advantages and disadvantages of the TVOC concept with respect to exposure assessment and prediction of health effects. The report recognizes that it isn't possible to conclude that sensory effects are associated with TVOC concentrations, although the likelihood of sensory effects increases with increasing TVOC concentrations. The report affirms the need for improved source control to diminish pollution load on indoor environments from health, comfort, energy and sustainability points of view.

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Authors: CLAUSEN G (EDITOR), Aarhus University, Institute of Environmental and Occupational Medicine (DK)
Bibliographic Reference: Article: Indoors Air (1997)
Record Number: 199711617 / Last updated on: 1997-12-09
Original language: en
Available languages: en