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Committee on Sampling and Analysis of Atmospheres to Sponsor October Conference on Indoor Emissions Testing

A conference on Indoor Emissions Testing — Methods and Interpretation, will be held Oct. 4-5 in Washington, D.C. The program, sponsored by ASTM Committee D22 on Sampling and Analysis of Atmospheres and its Subcommittee D22.05 on Indoor Air, will focus on chamber testing techniques for evaluating chemical emissions from materials and products used indoors, and on the analysis, interpretation and application of the resulting data. In addition, the product labeling and certification aspects of emissions testing will receive major attention.

The quality of indoor air can be adversely affected by contaminants introduced from outdoor sources, by the occupants themselves, or from occupant activities within the building, such as cooking, hobbies, and office work. Increasingly however, materials used in the construction, renovation, and furnishings of buildings have been identified as significant sources of chemical emissions resulting in indoor pollution. Material emissions tests using laboratory chambers and experimental protocols designed specifically for this task have often been used as a tool for understanding chemical emission characteristics and quantifying emission rates.

Significant advances in indoor emissions testing have been made since an ASTM symposium on methods for characterizing indoor sources and sinks was held in October 1994. On the 10th anniversary of that symposium, this new conference will be held to review related progress and to discuss needs for research, standardization, and the use of emissions data.

Presentations will relate to both commercial and residential environments and will emphasize the following:

• Methods and protocols for chamber testing (including specimen collection, handling and preparation; target chemical selection, sampling and analysis; novel chamber designs; emissions data reporting);
• Emissions modeling (empirical, mass transfer, indoor air chemistry);
• Bases and methodologies for interpretation of results; and
• Criteria for product labeling/emissions certification.

The conference will be held on the afternoon of Oct. 4 and the morning of Oct. 5 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C.; a reception is planned for the evening of Oct. 4. Professionals with backgrounds in architecture, chemistry, engineering, environmental sciences, indoor air quality, public health and safety, and public policy will benefit from this scientific conference. Individuals from private and public sectors are welcome to attend. A conference program and registration forms will be available in May.

For further technical information, contact conference co-chairs Robert J. Magee, National Research Council, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (phone: 613/ 993-9631) or Hal Levin, Building Ecology Research Group, Santa Cruz, Calif. (phone: 831/425-3946). Committee D22 meets Oct. 4-6 in Washington, D.C. For meeting and membership details, contact George Luciw, manager, Technical Committee Operations, ASTM International (phone: 610/832-9719). //

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