ENVE 576: Indoor Air Pollution (Spring 2013)

Indoor air pollution sources, indoor pollutant levels, monitoring instruments and designs; indoor pollution control strategies: source control, control equipment and ventilation; energy conservation and indoor air pollution; exposure studies and population time budgets; effects of indoor air population; risk analysis; models for predicting source emission rates and their impact on indoor air environments.

Course Documents

Course Syllabus (updated as we go; includes current schedule)

Lecture Notes


1.         Sundell, J. On the history of indoor air quality and health. Indoor Air 14 Suppl 7, 51–58 (2004).

2.         Nazaroff, W. W., Weschler, C. J. & Corsi, R. L. Indoor air chemistry and physics. Atmospheric Environment 37, 5451–5453 (2003).

3.         Ott, W. R. & Roberts, J. W. Everyday exposure to toxic pollutants. Sci. Am 278, 86–91 (1998).

4.         Bennett, D. H. et al. Defining intake fraction. Environ. Sci. Technol. 36, 207A–211A (2002).

5.         Murray, D. M. & Burmaster, D. E. Residential air exchange rates in the United States: empirical and estimated parametric distributions by season and climatic region. Risk Analysis 15, 459–465 (1995).

6.         Klepeis, N. E. et al. The National Human Activity Pattern Survey (NHAPS): a resource for assessing exposure to environmental pollutants. J Expo Anal Environ Epidemiol 11, 231–252 (2001).

7.         Weschler, C. J. Changes in indoor pollutants since the 1950s. Atmospheric Environment 43, 153–169 (2009).

8.         Meininghaus, R., Gunnarsen, L. & Knudsen, H. N. Diffusion and sorption of volatile organic compounds in building materials: Impact on indoor air quality. Environmental Science & Technology 34, 3101–3108 (2000).

9.         Guo, Z. Review of indoor emission source models. Part 1. Overview. Environ. Pollut. 120, 533–549 (2002).

10.       Sparks, L. E., Tichenor, B. A., Chang, J. & Guo, Z. Gas-phase mass transfer model for predicting volatile organic compound (VOC) emission rates from indoor pollutant sources. Indoor Air 6, 31–40 (1996).

11.       Hodgson, A. T., Rudd, A. F., Beal, D. & Chandra, S. Volatile organic compound concentrations and emission rates in new manufactured and site-built houses. Indoor Air 10, 178–192 (2000).

12.       Cano-Ruiz, J. A., Kong, D., Balas, R. B. & Nazaroff, W. W. Removal of reactive gases at indoor surfaces: Combining mass transport and surface kinetics. Atmospheric Environment. Part A. General Topics 27, 2039–2050 (1993).

13.       Weschler, C. J. Ozone in indoor environments: concentration and chemistry. Indoor Air 10, 269–288 (2000).

14.       Waring, M. S., Wells, J. R. & Siegel, J. A. Secondary organic aerosol formation from ozone reactions with single terpenoids and terpenoid mixtures. Atmospheric Environment 45, 4235–4242 (2011).

15.       Hinds, W. C. Chapter 3: Uniform Particle Motion. Aerosol Technology (1999).

16.       Hinds, W. C. Chapter 11: Respiratory Deposition. Aerosol Technology (1999).

17.       Seinfeld, J. H. & Pandis, S. N. Chapter 8: Properties of the Atmospheric Aerosol. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics (2006).

18.       Nazaroff, W. W. Indoor particle dynamics. Indoor Air 14, 175–183 (2004).

19.       Wallace, L. Indoor sources of ultrafine and accumulation mode particles: size distributions, size-resolved concentrations, and source strengths. Aerosol Science & Technology 40, 348–360 (2006).

20.       Chen, C. & Zhao, B. Review of relationship between indoor and outdoor particles: I/O ratio, infiltration factor and penetration factor. Atmos. Environ. 45, 275–288 (2011).

21.       Hinds, W. C. Chapter 9: Filtration. Aerosol Technology (1999).

22.       Stephens, B. & Siegel, J. A. Comparison of test methods for determining the particle removal efficiency of filters in residential and light-commercial central HVAC systems. Aerosol Science and Technology 46, 504–513 (2012).

23.       US EPA Evaluation of in-room particulate matter air filtration devices. (United States Environmental Protection Agency: 2008).

24.       Hospodsky, D. et al. Human occupancy as a source of indoor airborne bacteria. PLoS ONE 7, e34867 (2012).

25.       Weschler, C. J. & Nazaroff, W. W. Semivolatile organic compounds in indoor environments. Atmospheric Environment 42, 9018–9040 (2008).

26.       Chen, C., Zhao, B. & Weschler, C. J. Indoor exposure to ‘outdoor PM10’. Epidemiology 23, 870–878 (2012).

27.       Logue, J. M., Price, P. N., Sherman, M. H. & Singer, B. C. A method to estimate the chronic health impact of air pollutants in U.S. residences. Environmental Health Perspectives 120, 216–222 (2012).

28.       Bruce, N., Perez-Padilla, R. & Albalak, R. Indoor air pollution in developing countries: a major environmental and public health challenge. Bull World Health Organ 78, 1078–1092 (2000).

29.       Lopez, A. D., Mathers, C. D., Ezzati, M., Jamison, D. T. & Murray, C. J. Global and regional burden of disease and risk factors, 2001: systematic analysis of population health data. The Lancet 367, 1747–1757 (2006).

30.       Lim, S. S. et al. A comparative risk assessment of burden of disease and injury attributable to 67 risk factors and risk factor clusters in 21 regions, 1990–2010: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2010. The Lancet 380, 2224–2260 (2012).

31.       ASHRAE Standard 52.2: Method of testing general ventilation air-cleaning devices for removal efficiency by particle size. (2007).

32.       ASHRAE Standard 62.2: Ventilation and acceptable indoor air quality in low-rise residential buildings. (2007).

33.       ASHRAE Standard 62.1: Ventilation for acceptable indoor air quality. (2010).