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Title: Indoor air quality in primary schools
Author: Freitas, Maria do Carmo
Canha, Nuno
Martinho, Maria
Almeida-Silva, Marina
Almeida, Susana Marta
Pegas, Priscilla
Alves, Célia
Pio, Casimiro
Trancoso, Maria
Sousa, Rita
Mouro, Filomena
Contreiras, Teresa
Issue Date: Aug-2011
Publisher: InTech
Abstract: Clean air is a basic requirement of life (World Health Organization, 2010). The Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) has been the object of several studies due to an increasing concern within the scientific community on the effects of indoor air quality upon health, especially as people tend to spend more time indoors than outdoors (Franck et al., 2011; Canha et al., 2010; WHO, 2010; Environmental Protection Agency, 2010; Saliba et al., 2009; Fraga et al., 2008; Fromme et al., 2007; Guo et al., 2004; Kosonen, 2004; Lee et al., 2002a; Lee et al., 2002b; Carrer et al., 2002; Lee et al., 2001; Li et al., 2001; Wilson & Spengler, 1996; Allen & Miguel, 1995; Jenkins et al., 1992; WHO, n.d.). The quality of air inside homes, offices, schools or other private and public buildings is an essential determinant of healthy life and people’s well-being (WHO, 2010). People can be exposed to contaminants by inhalation, ingestion and dermal contact. In the past, scientists have paid much attention to the study of exposure to outdoor air contaminants, because they have realised the seriousness of outdoor air pollution problems. However, each indoor microenvironment has unique characteristics, determined by the local outdoor air, specific building characteristics and indoor activities (Pegas et al, 2010). Indeed, hazardous substances are emitted from buildings, construction materials and indoor equipment or due to human activities indoors.
Peer review: yes
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10773/28949
DOI: 10.5772/17609
ISBN: 978-953-307-525-9
Publisher Version: https://www.intechopen.com/books/advanced-topics-in-environmental-health-and-air-pollution-case-studies/indoor-air-quality-in-primary-schools
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