Further development of a single-zone multi-component multi-layer model for characterizing VOCs source/sink behaviors in a room

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Building envelopes are usually comprised of several different layers of building materials, these material layers may alternatively act as VOCs sources or sinks depending on their emission/sorption potentials and the indoor environmental conditions as well. The model proposed here is a single zone one, it considers the fact that most of the building materials are porous mediums, and thus belongs to multiphase model. Moreover, the proposed model can take practical ventilation scheme into consideration and thus is expected to be more generally applicable compared with previous models which assume a constant air change rate. The interactions of VOCs and building materials composing different building components can be modeled based on fundamental mass transfer theories. The proposed model is anticipated to be able to serve as a simple routine tool for building owners, designers and operators to achieve acceptable indoor VOCs concentration level.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHB 2006 - Healthy Buildings
Subtitle of host publicationCreating a Healthy Indoor Environment for People, Proceedings
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2006
EventHealthy Buildings: Creating a Healthy Indoor Environment for People, HB 2006 - Lisboa, Portugal
Duration: 4 Jun 20068 Jun 2006


ConferenceHealthy Buildings: Creating a Healthy Indoor Environment for People, HB 2006


  • Building material
  • Emission
  • Indoor air quality
  • Sorption
  • Volatile organic compound

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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