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An Indoor Air Quality Performance Standard for Single-Family Residential Buildings



Andrew K. Persily


There is increasing interest worldwide in the use of performance standards for removing barriers to the acceptance of housing innovation.The use of performance standards can also improve communications between producers and consumers leading to enhanced housing quality and performance. A set of performance standard guides is being developed in the US within ASTM and internationally within ISO. The individual standards will address performance issues such as structural and fire safety, lighting, acoustics, and durability. This paper describes the initial attempt within ASTM to develop an indoor air quality performance standard for single-family residential buildings. Since we are not yet able to specify IAQ performance solely in terms of contaminant concentrations, the standard contains performance statements addressing building ventilation rates as well as source control.
Proceedings Title
Conference Proceedings of Indoor Air 1999
Conference Dates
August 8-13, 1999
Conference Location
Edinburgh, SC
Conference Title
Indoor Air Conference


building performance, indoor air quality, performance standards, standards, ventilation


Persily, A. (1999), An Indoor Air Quality Performance Standard for Single-Family Residential Buildings, Conference Proceedings of Indoor Air 1999, Edinburgh, SC, [online], (Accessed April 20, 2024)
Created August 1, 1999, Updated February 19, 2017