Volume 5, 2020
|Number of page(s)
|Indoor Environment Quality, Health and Thermal Comfort and Human Perception
|08 June 2020
Seasonal variations in indoor air quality parameters and occupants self-reported physical health within a warm humid climatic environment
Department of Architecture, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria
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Accepted: 25 March 2020
This study examines seasonal variations in Indoor Air Quality in occupied spaces within student hostels of Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria, and the associated physical health effects reported by occupants. Indoor Air Quality data were obtained from 22 selected rooms, with at least two rooms selected from the nine different spatial design layouts identified in the hostel buildings. Indoor Air Quality parameters obtained were 15-minute interval data of relative humidity, as well as concentrations of carbon dioxide, total volatile organic compounds, and particulate matters. These were measured with data loggers placed at 1.0 m from the floor level in the centre of selected rooms. Measurements were taken in selected rooms through a period of four consecutive weeks each during the peaks of dry and wet seasons. A questionnaire, which was administered immediately at the end of the measurement period to 696 respondents, was used to capture the significant physical health symptoms as reported by the occupants, as well as information regarding their activities and use of the rooms. Significant health symptoms reported by occupants were the same across seasons. These were cold, fatigue, and headache. Indoor concentrations of carbon dioxide and particulate matters have most significant relationship with reported health symptoms.
Key words: Dry and wet season / indoor air quality / physical health symptoms / students hostels / warm humid environment
© B.A. Orola, published by EDP Sciences, 2020
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