Potted Plants as Active and Passive Biofilters Improving Indoor Air Quality

Jerzy Sowa , Jacek Hendiger , M. Maziejuk , T. Sikora , Ł. Osuchowski , H. Kamińska


Plants are the planet's source of oxygen and the sink that removes carbon dioxide produced by burning, respiration and decay of organisms. The studies performed in small chambers indicated that plants also reduce volatile organic compounds (VOC's). All these phenomena result in a fact that potted plants have a potential to improve IAQ and to some extent to support ventilation. Trends to "go green" increase the growing interest in the introduction of a large number of plants to offices. One should remember that work in modern offices is often associated with a high level of stress. Ornamental plants give highly significant reductions in negative mood states – reductions in anger, anxiety, depression, confusion, fatigue and stress. Leaves provide also additional sound attenuation and cooling effect due to evaporation. The paper summarises the R&D project devoted to the development of the efficient, safe and competitive systems of biofiltration based on the properties of potted plants. The paper presents examples of laboratory tests and describes first experiences from applications in two pilot office buildings.
Author Jerzy Sowa (FEE / DHV)
Jerzy Sowa,,
- Department of Heating and Ventilation
, Jacek Hendiger (FEE / DHV)
Jacek Hendiger,,
- Department of Heating and Ventilation
, M. Maziejuk - [Military Institute of Chemistry and Radiometry, Warsaw]
M. Maziejuk,,
, T. Sikora - [Military Institute of Chemistry and Radiometry, Warsaw]
T. Sikora,,
, Ł. Osuchowski - [Military Institute of Chemistry and Radiometry, Warsaw]
Ł. Osuchowski,,
, H. Kamińska - [Florabo Sp Z O.o.]
H. Kamińska,,
Journal seriesIOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science , ISSN , e-ISSN 1755-1315, (0 pkt)
Issue year2019
Publication size in sheets0.5
Article number012150
ConferenceCentral Europe towards Sustainable Building 2019 (CESB 19), 02-07-2019 - 04-07-2019, Praga, Czechy
URL https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1755-1315/290/1/012150
Languageen angielski
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