The 3-year follow-up study in a block of flats - experiences in the use of the Finnish indoor climate classification

Indoor Air. 2003 Jun;13(2):136-47. doi: 10.1034/j.1600-0668.2003.00171.x.


Indoor climate of two new blocks of flats was investigated. The case building was built for people with respiratory diseases by following the instructions of the Finnish Classification of Indoor Climate, Construction and Finishing Materials, while the control building was built using conventional building technology. The main indoor air parameters (temperature, relative humidity and levels of CO, CO2, ammonia, total volatile organic compounds, total suspended particles, fungal spores, bacteria and cat, dog and house dust mite allergens) were measured in six apartments of both the buildings on five occasions during the 3-year occupancy. In addition, a questionnaire to evaluate symptoms of the occupants and their satisfaction with their home environment was conducted in connection with indoor air quality (IAQ) measurements. The levels of indoor air pollutants in the case building were, in general, lower than those in the control building. In addition, the asthmatic occupants informed that their symptoms had decreased during the occupancy in the case building. This case study showed that high IAQ is possible to reach by careful design, proper materials and equipment and on high-quality construction with reasonable additional costs. In addition, the study indicated that good IAQ can also be maintained during the occupancy, if sufficient information on factors affecting IAQ and guidance on proper use and care of equipment are available for occupants.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Air Pollution, Indoor*
  • Allergens / analysis
  • Ammonia / analysis
  • Asthma / prevention & control
  • Bacteria
  • Carbon Dioxide / analysis
  • Carbon Monoxide / analysis
  • Construction Materials / standards*
  • Finland
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Housing / standards*
  • Humans
  • Humidity
  • Spores, Fungal
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Temperature


  • Allergens
  • Carbon Dioxide
  • Ammonia
  • Carbon Monoxide