Attached garage contaminant transport and intervention results

Zachary Mahler Merrin, Paul W. Francisco, David Bohac, Josh A. Quinnell

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Abstract

Contaminant transport from residential attached garages and the effectiveness of common intervention strategies was investigated at five houses in central Illinois. Concentrations of carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, and intentionally introduced tracer gas were measured at various points throughout the house and garage. Progressive interventions including air/duct sealing and passive/mechanical ventilation were implemented and their impacts measured. Air sealing was only effective in some cases, and was least effective at sites with forced air HVAC equipment located in the garage. Mechanical ventilation was effective at all sites, but the effectiveness of moderate flow rates varied from site to site. An overall general suggestion of 170 m3/hr per car bay should be moderately effective at most sites, after the major air sealing opportunities are addressed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication15th Conference of the International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate, INDOOR AIR 2018
PublisherInternational Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate
ISBN (Electronic)9781713826514
StatePublished - 2018
Event15th Conference of the International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate, INDOOR AIR 2018 - Philadelphia, United States
Duration: Jul 22 2018Jul 27 2018

Publication series

Name15th Conference of the International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate, INDOOR AIR 2018

Conference

Conference15th Conference of the International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate, INDOOR AIR 2018
CountryUnited States
CityPhiladelphia
Period7/22/187/27/18

Keywords

  • Air sealing
  • Carbon monoxide
  • Mechanical ventilation
  • Tracer gas
  • Vehicle exhaust

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pollution

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