Indoor air quality management in tertiary institutions in Hong Kong

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Indoor air quality management in tertiary institutions in Hong Kong

 

Author: Chau, Shu-wa
Title: Indoor air quality management in tertiary institutions in Hong Kong
Degree: M.Sc.
Year: 2002
Subject: Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Indoor air pollution -- China -- Hong Kong
Air quality -- China -- Hong Kong
Universities and colleges -- China -- Hong Kong -- Buildings
Department: Multi-disciplinary Studies
Dept. of Building Services Engineering
Pages: v, 98, [27] leaves : ill. (some col.) ; 30 cm
Language: English
InnoPac Record: http://library.polyu.edu.hk/record=b1656012
URI: http://theses.lib.polyu.edu.hk/handle/200/5054
Abstract: In modern city life, more than 70% of our time is spent in an indoor environment. The quality of air in the indoor environment has a significant impact on human health and comfort. Poor indoor air quality leads to discomfort, ill health and higher absenteeism and lower productivity in the workplace. Good indoor air quality safeguards the health of the building occupants and contributes to their comfort and well-being. The research project aims to collect, analyse and compare the standards and practices of the tertiary institutions being adopted in managing IAQ, to propose a IAQ management framework and develop IAQ management practices. The objectives of the study are to understand the contributing factors and impact of IAQ to the facility management, to study the development of IAQ management in Hong Kong, the current practice of indoor air quality management in the tertiary institutions of Hong Kong, their attitude towards the draft Guidance Notes for Management in Office and Public places issued by the Government 2000, and to understand the difficulties and constraints in managing indoor air quality. A proactive IAQ management framework and IAQ management plan is proposed to address the IAQ in tertiary institutions as well. This thesis is to testify that indoor air quality is a critical issue in tertiary institution. The research also outlines an IAQ survey that reveals that most of the tertiary institutions are positive in taking measures to control IAQ in order to achieve acceptable IAQ in their environment. A case study that IAQ problem are easily developed in inception stage of a building project and IAQ problem may give rise to liability issue to Facility Manager.

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