Spring 2001 / Grondzik / 1 February 2001

1. Which of the following lists (a, b, c, or d) best describes the sources of pollutants or contaminants that will affect the quality of air in a building:

(a) construction materials, furnishings

(b) occupants, processes, construction materials, furnishings

(c) occupants, materials

(d) sensible, latent, and/or entropic sources


2. The three fundamental means of maintaining acceptable levels of contaminants in indoor air are:

(a) removal (via filtration), dilution (via ventilation), source control (via design)

(b) by code, by standard, by intuition

(c) through design standards, design tools, and lawsuits

(d) conduction, convection, and radiation


3. An architect will likely have the most direct impact on indoor air quality through:

(a) selection of air filters

(b) sizing of mechanical equipment for outdoor air intake and distribution

(c) selection of process control equipment and exhausts

(d) selection and specification of finish materials (paints, carpets, ceilings, wall-coverings, etc.)


4. Sensible heat will flow through a typical building assembly (wall, roof) by means of:

(a) conduction and evaporation

(b) conduction

(c) conduction, convection, and radiation

(d) conduction and condensation


5. "U"value is an important concept in building envelope design. "U" represents:

(a) the ultraviolet protective coefficient

(b) the thickness of insulation

(c) the relative position of the vapor retarder

(d) the overall coefficient of heat transfer

Last updated 1 February 2001