Concentration of formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, and five volatile organic compounds in indoor air: The clean-healthy house construction standard (South Korea)

Hyun Tae Kim, Tae Woo Kim, Won Hwa Hong, Shinichi Tanabe

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    Abstract

    The authors evaluate indoor air quality in apartments built according to the South Korean Clean-Healthy House construction standard. The evaluation includes three types of residential units with differing gross floor areas. Indoor air was analyzed for formaldehyde (observed range 52.0–99.2 ug/m3), acetaldehyde (14.6–61.0 ug/m3), benzene (0.6–1.3 ug/m3), toluene (161.8–371.0 ug/m3) ethylbenzene (6.5–17.0 ug/m3), xylene (14.7–45.0 ug/m3), and styrene (37.7–112.5 ug/m3). The concentrations of all analyzed substances were within the South Korean guidelines. The findings confirm that the Clean-Healthy Homes initiative has led to a greatly improved indoor air environment compared to existing newly built apartment blocks in South Korea. However, this construction standard is applied only to large apartment developments comprising 1,000 or more units, and it seems that further effort should be made to extend the standard to stand-alone residences and small-scale apartment blocks in order to ensure that indoor air quality is maintained more widely.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)633-639
    Number of pages7
    JournalJournal of Asian Architecture and Building Engineering
    Volume16
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2017

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    Acetaldehyde
    apartment
    Volatile organic compounds
    Formaldehyde
    South Korea
    air
    Air quality
    Air
    Ethylbenzene
    Xylene
    Toluene
    Styrene
    Benzene
    evaluation
    Apartment Blocks
    Apartment

    Keywords

    • Acetaldehyde
    • Formaldehyde
    • Housing
    • Indoor air quality
    • Volatile organic compounds

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Civil and Structural Engineering
    • Architecture
    • Cultural Studies
    • Building and Construction
    • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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