There is a wealth of
information to support the use of potted plants to
improve indoor air quality. They provide an
inexpensive, flexible, portable and aesthetically
attractive bio filtration system for indoor air, which
is self-sustaining when normal plant care is given.
Most people in urbanised
societies spend over 80% of their time indoors, at
home, work or school, (or in transit in vehicles among
these locations) (Hodgson et al., 1997; USEPA, 2000).
With energy conservation,
buildings have become airtight with less air
infiltration/exfiltration. As a result this has
affected indoor air quality (IAQ),
"indoor air... may be more polluted than the
air outside …" (Smith, 1997; US EPA, 2000).
Poor (IAQ) comes as a result of many factors:
Outdoor air containing pollutants
is typically used in building ventilation.
compounds (VOCs) a major component of indoor air
pollution. VOCs consist of a large number of
organic substances, which will volatilize at
normal room temperatures. This VOC are produced by
carpets, furniture, toners, and cleaning agents to
name a few.
Good indoor air quality
is essential for the health and wellbeing of building
occupants. To quote the American Lung Association
can’t breathe, nothing else matters”.
Improving indoor air
quality IAQ is among the most profitable investments
building managers can make, since even small
improvements in IAQ will directly improve
experimental studies in Denmark and Sweden have shown
that improving indoor air quality improves the
performance of typical office work such as word
processing, proof reading and arithmetical
calculations (Wargocki et al. 1999, 2000, 2002).
work provides these interior bio
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