Dates: 08/2010 - 12/2012
The primary objective of this investigation is to develop a robust database of indoor air quality, ventilation, occupant surveys, and building measurements for the U.S. retail building stock. This database will be used to determine the relationship between ventilation rate and indoor air quality and occupant satisfaction with the goal of recommending appropriate minimum ventilation rates for different categories and locations of retail establishments. We have recruited some large box buildings, half of which are located in the cold and dry climate of central Pennsylvania and the other half in the hot and humid climate of central Texas. The results and findings will be published in the technical report to ASHRAE as well as in several journal articles.