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Energy-Efficient Buildings Increase Indoor CO2 Pollution and Impair Decision-Making



(p. C4) Carbon dioxide at levels normally found indoors is usually considered benign, especially compared with carbon monoxide. But a study finds that even modestly elevated CO2 can impair decision-making.


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Given the emphasis on energy-efficient buildings, which are often more airtight, the study suggests that carbon dioxide might be an indoor pollutant to worry about--especially in conference rooms, where important decisions are hashed out.



For the full story, see:

Daniel Akst. "WEEK IN IDEAS; Week in Ideas: Daniel Akst; POLLUTANTS; Blame It on the Air." The Wall Street Journal (Sat., October 27, 2012): C4.

(Note: ellipsis added.)

(Note: the online version of the story has the date October 26, 2012.)


The study summarized is:

Satish, Usha, Mark J. Mendell, Krishnamurthy Shekhar, Toshifumi Hotchi, Douglas Sullivan, Siegfried Streufert, and William J. Fisk. "Is Co2 an Indoor Pollutant? Direct Effects of Low-to-Moderate Co2 Concentrations on Human Decision-Making Performance." Environmental Health Perspectives (Sept. 20, 2012): 1-35.

(Note: it is not clear to me if Environmental Health Perspectives is an online journal or an online working paper series. Whatever it is, it is affiliated with the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.)





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