Impact of thermal proofing of a church on its indoor air-quality - The combustion of candles and incense as a source of pollution

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Title
Impact of thermal proofing of a church on its indoor air-quality - The combustion of candles and incense as a source of pollution
Journal
Science of the Total Environment
Author(s)
Huynh Cong Khanh, Savolainen Heikki, Vu Duc Trinh, Guillemin Michel, Iselin François
ISSN
0048-9697
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Published
Issued date
1991
Volume
102
Pages
241-251
Language
english
Abstract
Some years ago, a parish in Geneva decided to reduce heating costs by insulating its church to make it more energy efficient. Three years after the last renovations, it was observed that the internal surfaces of the naves had already become dusty compared with the customary frequency of 10-12 years. Dust even deposited on various surfaces during religious services. Our investigation showed that nearly all the dust found inside the church may in fact be soot from incense and candle combustion. Incense appears to be a significant source of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. With a mechanical ventilation system and petrol lamps resembling candles the problem can be resolved.
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