ID = 38
Title = Methods to Avoid Odour Problems
Abstract = When investigating the causes of SBS-symptoms we often meet different odours when entering the house. Even if we at that moment don't notice any odour there are many times answers in the questionnaires or interviews telling that odours sometimes occurs. In our opinion there often are connections between the presence of the odour and the SBS-symptoms.

It is often easy to identify the odour, to find the sources to it and the reasons why it smells, but the methods to avoid that the odour contaminates the indoor air is not that easy to predict. A lot of products and methods are found on the market, according to the manufacturers they all cures all possible problems in sick buildings. Normally none of these products or methods are officially tested and the manufacturers reefers only to satisfied customers. A great problem as serious investigator is that it normally is impossible to get any information from these manufacturers about what the conditions was before retrofit. If there are no information about the conditions before retrofit one can't be sure if anything has been cured.

In order to avoid giving the wrong advises BARAB has tested some methods in research projects and some others in co-operation with some of our customers. Common odours that we mostly with success have prevented the indoor air to be contaminated from comes from moulds, actinomycetes, waste water, casein containing flooring compounds, destroyed PVC-carpets or carpet glue and from destroyed linoleum carpets.

Location = Healthy Building`94 vol 1 ; 519-524
Reference type = Proceeding (Conference)
Author = Folin,T.
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Last updated 1997-01-18