Hazard evaluation of indoor environment based on long-term pollutant emission characteristics of building insulation materials: An empirical study


Insulation materials are essential components in construction, and their main objective is to increase the efficiency of thermal energy by minimizing internal and external thermal exchange. Accordingly, research and development studies are being actively conducted to increase the thermal resistance of insulation materials, and high-performance insulation materials that use organic chemicals have been developed after industrialization. However, thermal insulation comprising chemicals poses a potential risk of pollutant emissions and can cause health problems. In this study, five types of insulation materials and the contaminants generated from the building materials used in insulation construction were quantitatively analyzed. In addition, an empirical study on the discharge of pollutants was conducted using a test bed, and the effects of the pollutants discharged from the insulation material on the indoor environment were examined by analyzing the pollutant concentration for 90 days. In addition, we analyzed the effect of an insulation material on an indoor environment through the standard specifications. Moreover, the necessity of legal management of the emission of contaminants from insulation materials was proposed based on the empirical research results.

Authors: Seunghwan Wi, Yujin Kang, Sungwoong Yang, Young Uk Kim, Sumin Kim
; Full Source: Environmental pollution (Barking, Essex : 1987) 2021 Apr 25;285:117223. doi: 10.1016/j.envpol.2021.117223.