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Evaluating the Relative Health of Residents in Newly Built Apartment Houses according to the Presence of Indoor Plants

 Ho-Hyun Kim  ;  Jung-Won Park  ;  Ji-Yeon Yang  ;  Kwang-Jin Kim  ;  Jae-Young Lee  ;  Dong-Chun Shin  ;  Young-Wook Lim 
 Journal of the Japanese Society for Horticultural Science, Vol.79(2) : 200-206, 2010 
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 Journal of the Japanese Society for Horticultural Science 
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Mental health and physical condition of residents in newly built apartment houses in Seoul, Korea were evaluated considering indoor plant placement for two terms of observation. Residents demonstrated severe symptoms of sick building syndrome (SBS) for at least two years. Indoor plant placement alleviated the degree of SBS symptoms along with ventilation. Residents showed improvements in mental health during the period of ventilation, which was facilitated by the placement of indoor plants. The placement of indoor plants failed to make significant differences in the vital capacity or blood indices of residents, but led to slight improvements in some factors like forced vital capacity (FVC) and change in total immunoglobulin E levels (T-IgE). From the results above, it could be postulated that the placement of indoor plants alone was not enough to reduce the level of indoor toxic chemical substances. Therefore, the placement of indoor plants could be an environmentally friendly method to reduce the levels of toxic chemical substances with the supplementary application of ventilation.
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김호현(Kim, Ho Hyen)
박중원(Park, Jung Won) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0249-8749
신동천(Shin, Dong Chun) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4252-2280
양지연(Yang, Ji Yeon)
임영욱(Lim, Young Wook) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8845-2850
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