A Survey of Exposure to Formaldehyde and TVOCs in High-Rise Residential Buildings

  • Yuesheng FanEmail author
  • Xin Zhang
  • Huan Wang
  • Jiajing Liu
  • Shanshan Peng
Conference paper
Part of the Environmental Science and Engineering book series (ESE)


People who live in high-rise residential buildings are seriously exposed to harmful indoor air pollutants due to the lack of ventilation. Our research aimed at investigating the indoor volatile matter pollution status in high-rise residential buildings. From the measurement, some results can be drawn that, first, the indoor mean concentrations of formaldehyde in summer were higher than in winter but opposite for TVOCs. Secondly, the formaldehyde and TVOCs concentration in the bedrooms are about 10% higher than in the living rooms, regardless of in winter or summer. And finally, although in summer, the indoor pollution of the TVOCs and formaldehyde have roughly the same levels, the pollution of indoor TVOCs in winter is more serious and durable than formaldehyde. It is necessary to strengthen the fresh air exchange in existing high-rise residential buildings of China, especially in the sleeping night at bedrooms. And people should choose home products with low or no TVOCs in future purchase.


High-rise residential Formaldehyde TVOCs Exposure concentration Attenuation time 



The research was supported financially by the national key project of the Ministry of Science and Technology, China on “Green Buildings and Building Industrialization” through Grant No. 2016YFC0700500.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yuesheng Fan
    • 1
    Email author
  • Xin Zhang
    • 1
  • Huan Wang
    • 1
  • Jiajing Liu
    • 1
  • Shanshan Peng
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Building Services Science and EngineeringXi’an University of Architecture and TechnologyXi’anChina

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