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ASHRAE to Study Air Quality in Retail Stores
February 15, 2010

The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) has been awarded $1.5 million dollars in grant money from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to conduct a three-year research project on ventilation and indoor air quality in retail stores.

ASHRAE’s project, Ventilation and Indoor Air Quality in Retail Stores, is one of 27 projects funded by NIST for measurement science and engineering research. The NIST Measurement Science and Engineering Research Grants Program, made possible through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act provides $34.12 million in grants at higher-education, commercial and nonprofit organizations in 18 states.

Given that there are some 14.6 billion ft2 of retail space in the United States, where people shop up to 24/7, it is vital that ventilation systems operate as efficiently as possible while maintaining good indoor air quality.

Currently, there is little published information about air quality and ventilation rates in retail spaces in the United States—ventilation requirements for retail and other space types have been set largely by data for commercial office buildings. Ultimately, the project will establish a methodology for collecting real world ventilation and air quality data.


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