VOC-pass. En metodik för proaktiv och energieffektiv ventialation av tidiga VOC i byggnader
Research Project , 2021 – 2023

The project aims to verify a new methodology for a proactive and energy-efficient
control of increased levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) occurring in newly
built or renovated buildings at early occupancy stages. These non-occupant related
VOCs from new materials and objects can temporarily but significantly worsen the
perceived indoor air quality with headache, eye irritation, breathing difficulties, and
impaired mental performance as consequences. Current practice, to reduce VOC levels,
is to arbitrarily increase the ventilation (and energy use) during a considerable period (6
– 12 months), without inspecting the actual VOC levels. The goal is to provide building
managers an alternative - a tool (VOC-passport) for gaining insights into a VOCfootprint of the building and finding an optimized ventilation schedule to achieve acceptable levels of VOC pollution at least energy expenses. As there are very promising preliminary results, the project has a great chance of success.

Participants

Angela Sasic Kalagasidis (contact)

Full Professor at Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Building Technology

Fredrik Domhagen

Doctoral Student at Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Building Technology

Sarka Langer

Adjunct Professor at Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Building Services Engineering

Collaborations

IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute

Stockholm, Sweden

Funding

Swedish Energy Agency

Project ID: P2021-00173
Funding Chalmers participation during 2021–2023

Related Areas of Advance and Infrastructure

Sustainable development

Driving Forces

Energy

Areas of Advance

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Latest update

2022-04-08