You could be polluting your office space, new research suggests.

Researchers have been conducting one of the largest studies of its kind in the office spaces of a building rigged with thousands of sensors. The goal is to identify all types of indoor air contaminants and recommend ways to control them through a building’s design and operation.

“If we want to provide better air quality for office workers to improve their productivity, it is important to first understand what’s in the air and what factors influence the emissions and removal of pollutants,” says Brandon Boor, an assistant professor of civil engineering with a courtesy appointment in environmental and ecological engineering at Purdue University.

The data is showing that people and ventilation systems greatly affect the chemistry of indoor air—possibly more than anything else in an office space.

Volatile organic compounds in the office

 

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