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Semi-volatile organic compounds, SVOCs, indoor pollutants




Engineering | Mechanical Engineering


Semi-volatile organic compounds (SVOCs) are an important class of indoor pollutants that are of great health concern. However, they have not received much attention within the ASHRAE community. This column provides an overview of the sources, sinks, transport mechanisms, and potential health effects, and discusses how HVAC systems may affect occupants’ exposure to SVOCs.

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This article or paper was published in ASHRAE Publication Journal, 53/December/12 2011. Copyright 2011 American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Inc. Reprinted by permission at This article may not be copied and/or distributed electronically or in paper form without permission of ASHRAE. For more information about ASHRAE Journal, visit”


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