Ventilation and Indoor Air Quallity in Retail Stores


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.


  • Zuhaira Alhafi, Shi Shu, Ph.D., and Jelena Srebric, Ph.D., ‚ÄúComparison of Energy Consumption Depending on the      Indoor Temperature Settings for Three Retail Buildings," Submitted to COBEE 2012
  • Zaatari, M., Nirlo, E., Jareemit, D., Crain, N.,Srebric, J., and Siegel, J. Ventilation and Indoor Air Quality in Retail Stores: A Critical Review (RP 1596). (Submitted to HVAC&R Research)
  • Crain, N., Nirlo, E., Zaatari, M., Hoisington, A., Urquidi, J., Shu, S., Kim, Y. S., Jareemit, D., Siegel, J. A., and Srebric, J.,  2012. Ventilation and Indoor Air Quality in Retail Stores. A Report for ASHARE No. RP-1596. University of Texas-Austin and Pennsylvania State University (Contributors: Khurshid S., Corsi R.L., Novoselac, A., Xu Y., Liu, J.,  Heidarinejad, M., Alhafi, Z., Reed C. and Sun, Y.)
  • Jareemit, D., Shu, S. Heidarinejad, M., Kim, Y.S., Liu, J., Alhafi, Z. and Srebric, J. (2013). Evaluation of Indoor Mold Growth Relative to Indoor Humidity Using a Multi-zone Modeling. Proceeding of the CLIMA 2013, Prague, Czech Republic.