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Institution Name: University of Hong Kong
Course Name: Indoor air quality
Year Offered: Graduate
Instructor: Dr. Yuguo Li, Dr. Michael Leung (liyg@hku.hk, mkhleung@hku.hk)
Keywords: Air Quality and Pollution Control
Content: Concept of indoor air quality, health requirements, sick building syndrome, indoor air quality indicators, types, sources, characterisation and heath effects of pollutants, concentration, individual and population exposure, dose-response relationships, measurement and monitoring methods, source control, ventilation, filtration, indoor air quality assessment and investigation, operation and maintenance; legislation and public policy issues; energy and cost implications.
Syllabus: 1.Overview of indoor air quality (4h) Concepts of indoor air quality, respiratory needs, odours, health requirements, toxicity of pollutants, productivity as related to indoor air quality, sick building syndrome, building related illness, legionnaires’ disease, time budget of people, relationship between indoor air quality and energy efficiency, microclimate, indoor air quality indicators, ventilation standards. 2.Sources and characterization of pollutants (8h) Sources, sinks, characterization and health effects of pollutants. Building materials, ambient air pollutants including carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide, ozone, environmental tabacco smoke, bioaerosols including bacteria, viruses, fungi, mites, etc, physical pollutants such as radon and asbestos, dusts and respirable suspended particulates, volatile organic compounds, formaldehyde. 3.Concentration and exposure of pollutants (8h) Measurement and modeling, source and sink modeling, concepts of concentration, macroscopic modeling in both single-zone and multi-zone buildings, particle deposition and resuspension, particle penetration, exposure, does-response relationships, individual exposure, population exposure, continuing reading methods, integrated sampling methods, measurement and sampling of main IAQ parameters, monitoring for indoor air quality control. 4.Indoor air quality control and assessment (8h) Source control, ventilation systems for indoor air quality, filtration, indoor air cleaning systems, control of infiltration, demand-control ventilation, relationship between indoor and ambient air quality, indoor air quality assessment and investigation, control strategies for pollutants originating from indoors, outdoors and both indoors and outdoors. 5.Legislation and public policy issues (4h) Indoor air quality standards, threshold theory, smoking regulations, codes and regulations, energy and cost implications of indoor pollution control, air pollution control ordinance and regulations, liabilities and litigation, guidance notes, IAQ certification schemes.

Lecture Notes
or Other Materials:
ASHRAE Handbooks, Fundamentals, 2001, HVAC Systems and Equipment, 2000, HVAC Applications, 1999. ASHRAE PDS Series, Indoor Air Quality, 1991. ASHRAE Standard 62-2001, Ventilation for acceptable indoor air quality. ASHRAE, 2001. E. Willard Miller, Ruby M. Miller. Indoor pollution: A reference handbook. Santa Barbara, Calif., ABC-Clio, c1998. EPD, Air Pollution Control Ordinance and Regulations over (Furnaces, Ovens and Chimneys), (Dust and Grit Emission), (Smoke), (Air Control Zones), (Fuel Restriction), (Asbestos)  Current issues. SMACNA: Indoor Air Quality, 2nd Edition, July, 1993. The Government of HK SAR: Guidance Notes for the Management of Indoor Air Quality in Offices and Public Places, Indoor Air Quality Management Group, November, 1999. Wadden, R. A. and Scheff, P. A.: Indoor Air Pollution – Charactersiation, prediction and control. John Wiley & Sons, New York, 1983.

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