Formaldehyde Emissions in the Built Environment

Thursday, May 26 | 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM


Indoor Environmental Quality

Arranger: C. Marcham, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL. Moderator: W. Friedman, HUD, Washington, DC. Monitors: G. Braybrooke, Baltimore, MD; E. Pinzer, HUD, Washington, DC.

Accurately measuring indoor formaldehyde concentrations in a home and determining if building materials or furnishing are contributing to levels that pose a health risk are complex tasks that require a professional who understands the contributing variables and is able to apply a variety of technical tests. It is important that those performing the exposure evaluation understand the variables involved in the emission of formaldehyde and therefore, the collection and analysis of samples that are capable of measuring formaldehyde emissions in a manner that allows meaningful interpretation.

Mechanisms of Neurogenic Irritation Due to Formaldehyde Exposure J. Krause, Geosyntec Consultants, Temple Terrace, FL.

A Review of Studies of Ventilation and Indoor Air Quality in New Homes and Impacts of Environmental Factors on Formaldehyde Emission Rates from Composite Wood Products F. Offermann, Indoor Environmental Engineering, San Francisco, CA; C. Marcham, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL.

Case Study of Formaldehyde Implicated in Homeowner Adverse Health Effects D. Peters, Environmental Health Management, Louisville, KY.

Canadian Department of Health’s Efforts in Managing Formaldehyde in Indoor Air B. Fraser, Health Canada, Ottawa, ON, Canada.

Formaldehyde IEQ Sampling Assessment Strategies B. Epstien, Forensic Analytical Consulting Services, Inc., Portland, OR.