European Journal of Wood and Wood Products

, Volume 70, Issue 4, pp 541–543 | Cite as

Wood use in a hospital environment: VOC emissions and air quality

  • Anders Q. NyrudEmail author
  • Tina Bringslimark
  • Finn Englund
Brief Originals Kurzoriginalia


The impact of wood use in a hospital environment was assessed. This study is part of an assessment of possible health benefits when using wooden materials in patient rooms. Indoor air quality and climate due to the influence of furnishing materials are therefore studied. VOC air concentration was measured in hospital rooms. Three different room designs were investigated: (1) regular hospital rooms without wooden panels (N=4), (2) rooms with a wall panel made from birch wood (N=2) and (3) rooms with a wall panel made from oak wood (N=2). The rooms are situated in a newly built hospital in Norway. No significant differences in VOC air concentrations were found between the three room designs. The use of wooden wall panels in hospital rooms has no effect on the amount of VOC in the indoor environment in this type of room.


Monoterpene Wall Panel Hospital Room Indoor Climate Window View 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

Die Verwendung von Holz in Krankenhäusern: VOC-Emissionen und Luftqualität



The authors would like the acknowledge support from The Norwegian Research Council (grant number 186174), The Norwegian Sawmill Industries Association, The Norwegian Forest Owners’ Federation, The Norwegian Joinery Manufacturers Association and Fondet for treteknisk forskning to carry out the research. We would also like to thank the Environmental Advisor Jarle Svanæs, OPAK, for providing assistance with carrying out the VOC measurements.


  1. Bringslimark T (2007) Psychological benefits of nature in the indoor context. PhD Thesis, Norwegian University of Life Sciences Google Scholar
  2. Building Information Group (2011) Classification of indoor environment 2008. Target values, design guidance, and product requirements. Rakennustieto OY. Accessed 5 May 2011
  3. Cold B (2001) Aesthetics, well-being and health. Essays within architecture and environmental aesthetics. Ashgate Publishing Limited, Aldershot Google Scholar
  4. Kellert SR (2005) Building for life: understanding and designing the human-nature connection. Island Press, Washington Google Scholar
  5. Norlén U, Andersson K (1993) Indoor climate in homes. ELIB Report 7 TN:30. Statens Institut för Byggnadsforskning, Gävle (in Swedish: Bostadsbeståndets inneklimat) Google Scholar
  6. Oppl R, Höder B (2000) Innenraumluft und TVOC: Messung, Referenz- und Zielwerte, Bewertung. Bundesgesundheitsblatt 43:513–518 CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  7. Ulrich RS (1984) View through a window may influence recovery from surgery. Science 224:420–421 PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • Anders Q. Nyrud
    • 1
    Email author
  • Tina Bringslimark
    • 2
  • Finn Englund
    • 3
  1. 1.Norsk Treteknisk InstituttOsloNorway
  2. 2.Norwegian University of Life SciencesÅsNorway
  3. 3.SP Technical Research Institute of SwedenStockholmSweden

Personalised recommendations