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Improving air filter efficiency as a strategy to reduce children’s exposure to traffic related air pollutants in energy-efficient classrooms

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This study was organised to quantify the effect of upgrading the filter efficiency in balance ventilation systems on indoor exposure to traffic-related air pollution, in 4 primary school classrooms. The standard air filters (EU F7) were compared with more efficient EU F9, and with F7+active carbon filters. Particulate matter (PM), ultrafine particles (UFP), black carbon (BC), PM2.5, organic/elemental carbon in PM2.5 (EC/OC), and NO2 were quantified, air tightness and air supply rates were assessed and pupils’ indoor comfort was surveyed. Analysis of indoor air as function of outdoor air and filter type indicated a significant but small reduction of indoor levels when upgrading the filter, except for PM10, TSP and UFP. The indoor comfort survey indicated a small but significant and positive effect as well.

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Stranger, Marianne, Maarten Spruyt, Jelle Laverge, Tom Geens, Eddie Goelen, Jeroen Staelens, Kim Constandt, and Karen Van Campenhout. 2016. “Improving Air Filter Efficiency as a Strategy to Reduce Children’s Exposure to Traffic Related Air Pollutants in Energy-efficient Classrooms.” In The 14th International Conference of Indoor Air Quality and Climate: Conference Proceedings, ed. Elisa Van Kenhove, Jelle Laverge, Marc Delghust, and Peter Devlieger. Ghent.
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Stranger, M., Spruyt, M., Laverge, J., Geens, T., Goelen, E., Staelens, J., Constandt, K., et al. (2016). Improving air filter efficiency as a strategy to reduce children’s exposure to traffic related air pollutants in energy-efficient classrooms. In E. Van Kenhove, J. Laverge, M. Delghust, & P. Devlieger (Eds.), The 14th international conference of indoor air quality and climate: conference proceedings. Presented at the Indoor Air 2016 - The 14th international conference of indoor air quality and climate, Ghent.
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Stranger M, Spruyt M, Laverge J, Geens T, Goelen E, Staelens J, et al. Improving air filter efficiency as a strategy to reduce children’s exposure to traffic related air pollutants in energy-efficient classrooms. In: Van Kenhove E, Laverge J, Delghust M, Devlieger P, editors. The 14th international conference of indoor air quality and climate: conference proceedings. Ghent; 2016.
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Stranger, Marianne, Maarten Spruyt, Jelle Laverge, et al. “Improving Air Filter Efficiency as a Strategy to Reduce Children’s Exposure to Traffic Related Air Pollutants in Energy-efficient Classrooms.” The 14th International Conference of Indoor Air Quality and Climate: Conference Proceedings. Ed. Elisa Van Kenhove et al. Ghent, 2016. Print.
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  abstract     = {This study was organised to quantify the effect of upgrading the filter efficiency in balance ventilation systems on indoor exposure to traffic-related air pollution, in 4 primary school classrooms. The standard air filters (EU F7) were compared with more efficient EU F9, and with F7+active carbon filters. Particulate matter (PM), ultrafine particles (UFP), black carbon (BC), PM2.5, organic/elemental carbon in PM2.5 (EC/OC), and NO2 were quantified, air tightness and air supply rates were assessed and pupils{\textquoteright} indoor comfort was surveyed. Analysis of indoor air as function of outdoor air and filter type indicated a significant but small reduction of indoor levels when upgrading the filter, except for PM10, TSP and UFP. The indoor comfort survey indicated a small but significant and positive effect as well.},
  author       = {Stranger, Marianne and Spruyt, Maarten and Laverge, Jelle and Geens, Tom and Goelen, Eddie and Staelens, Jeroen and Constandt, Kim and Van Campenhout, Karen},
  booktitle    = {The 14th international conference of indoor air quality and climate: conference proceedings},
  editor       = {Van Kenhove, Elisa and Laverge, Jelle and Delghust, Marc and Devlieger, Peter},
  isbn         = {978-0-9846855-5-4},
  language     = {eng},
  location     = {Ghent},
  title        = {Improving air filter efficiency as a strategy to reduce children{\textquoteright}s exposure to traffic related air pollutants in energy-efficient classrooms},
  year         = {2016},
}