Update of the scientific evidence for specifying lower limit relative humidity levels for comfort, health, and indoor environmental quality in occupied spaces (RP-1630)

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dc.contributor.author Derby, Melanie M.
dc.contributor.author Hamehkasi, Maryam
dc.contributor.author Eckels, Steven J.
dc.contributor.author Hwang, Grace M.
dc.contributor.author Jones, Byron
dc.contributor.author Maghirang, Ronaldo
dc.contributor.author Shulan, David
dc.date.accessioned 2017-06-30T22:26:54Z
dc.date.available 2017-06-30T22:26:54Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/35759
dc.description Citation: M.M. Derby, M. Hamehkasi, S. Eckels, G. Hwang, B. Jones, R. Maghirang, D. Shulan, Update the Scientific Evidence for Specifying Lower Limit Relative Humidity Levels for Comfort, Health and IEQ in Occupied Spaces (1630-RP), Science and Technology for the Built Environment, (2016), DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/23744731.2016.1206430
dc.description.abstract Nearly 600 articles were located in citation and keyword searches regarding the effects of humidity on comfort, health, and indoor environmental quality. Of these, around 70 articles reported the effects of low humidity (relative humidity ≤ 40%) and were analyzed in detail. Information in some categories was well chronicled, while other categories had significant knowledge gaps. Low humidity decreased house dust mite allergens. Due to different envelopes, generalizations could not be made for all bacteria and viruses. However, lower humidity increased virus survival for influenza. For comfort, low humidity had little effect on thermal comfort, but skin dryness, eye irritation, and static electricity increased as humidity decreased. For indoor environmental quality, low humidity had nonuniform effects on volatile organic compound emissions and perceived indoor air quality. Across many low humidity studies, ventilation rates and exposure times were noted as confounding variables. A majority of studies that used human subjects utilized exposure times of 3 h or less with adult subjects; few studies used children, adolescents, or elderly subjects.
dc.relation.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/23744731.2016.1206430
dc.rights This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Science and Technology for the Built Environment on 2017-08-02 available online: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/23744731.2016.1206430
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dc.title Update of the scientific evidence for specifying lower limit relative humidity levels for comfort, health, and indoor environmental quality in occupied spaces (RP-1630)
dc.type Article
dc.date.published 2016
dc.citation.doi 10.1080/23744731.2016.1206430
dc.citation.epage 45
dc.citation.issn 2374-4731
dc.citation.issue 1
dc.citation.jtitle Science and Technology for the Built Environment
dc.citation.spage 30
dc.citation.volume 23
dc.contributor.authoreid derbym
dc.contributor.authoreid eckels
dc.contributor.authoreid jones
dc.contributor.authoreid rmaghir
dc.contributor.kstate Derby, Melanie M.
dc.contributor.kstate Eckels, Steven
dc.contributor.kstate Jones, Byron
dc.contributor.kstate Maghirang, Ronaldo


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