Ventilation for residential buildings: critical assessment of standard requirements in the COVID-19 pandemic context

Aguilera Benito, Patricia and Piña Ramírez, Carolina and Viccione, Giacomo and Lepore, Ester (2021). Ventilation for residential buildings: critical assessment of standard requirements in the COVID-19 pandemic context. "Frontiers in Built Environment", v. 7 ; pp. 1-10. ISSN 2297-3362. https://doi.org/10.3389/fbuil.2021.656718.

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Title: Ventilation for residential buildings: critical assessment of standard requirements in the COVID-19 pandemic context
Author/s:
  • Aguilera Benito, Patricia
  • Piña Ramírez, Carolina
  • Viccione, Giacomo
  • Lepore, Ester
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: Frontiers in Built Environment
Date: 26 August 2021
ISSN: 2297-3362
Volume: 7
Subjects:
Freetext Keywords: Ventilation, Indoor air quality, COVID-19, Aerosols, Spain
Faculty: E.T.S. de Edificación (UPM)
Department: Construcciones Arquitectónicas y su Control
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Abstract

After the arrival of a new airborne virus to the world, science is aiming to develop solutions to withstand the spread and contagion of SARS-CoV-2. The most severe among the adopted measures is to remain in home isolation for a significant number of hours per day, to avoid the spreading of the infection in an uncontrolled way through public spaces. Recent literature showed that the primary route of transmission is via aerosols, especially produced in poorly ventilated inner spaces. Spain has reached very high levels concerning contagion rates, accumulated incidence, or number of hospitalizations due to COVID-19. Therefore, this article aims to develop a quantitative and qualitative analysis of the requirements established in Spain, with respect to the European framework in reference to ventilation parameters indoors. The different parameters that serve as calculation for the ventilation flow in homes are analyzed to this aim. Results show that the criteria established in the applicable regulations are insufficient to ensure health and avoid contagion by aerosols indoors.

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Item ID: 68392
DC Identifier: https://oa.upm.es/68392/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:68392
DOI: 10.3389/fbuil.2021.656718
Official URL: https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fbuil.2021.656718/full?&utm_source=Email_to_authors_&utm_medium=Email&utm_content=T1_11.5e1_author&utm_campaign=Email_publication&field=&journalName=Fronti
Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 27 Sep 2021 09:00
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2021 09:00
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