Senior Research Engineer University of Illinois Niskayuna, New York
Attached garages are a highly sought after home feature, providing protected access to the living space, and keeping vehicles and other contents warmer in cold weather then their detached counterparts. For all their conveniences, attached garages can be detrimental to a home’s indoor air quality. Carbon monoxide from internal combustion engines is poisonous at moderate concentrations, and effects from chronic exposure to volatile organic compounds from chemicals such as pesticides, paints, and other frequently garaged items are likely detrimental. These contaminants and their byproducts can migrate across garage house interfaces through bypasses in the structure, or via ductwork or HVAC equipment located in garages.
This session presents results from a field research project investigating migration of garage contaminants into five Midwest homes with a variety of attached garage configurations. Topics include results on contaminant transport magnitude as well as intervention options and impacts. Additional information on similar research published since the conclusion of the project is presented and discussed.
By attending this session, attendees will:
Recognize the IAQ implications of attached garages
Summarize what actions and interventions are effective at reducing contaminant transport from attached garages
Discuss the most recent research involving attached garages