NY00035 - Quantification of the Capacity of Indoor Plants to Remove Volatile Organic Compounds under Flow through Conditions

This report presents the results of a one year project examining various aspects of the capacity of potted plants to remove volatile organic compounds from indoor air. More than 350 VOCs have been detected in indoor air and it is likely that future improvements in air quality will require a range of approaches, with an increasingly important role for potted plants. In this study plants were found to remove low levels of airborne VOCs likely to occur in workplaces just as they do the higher levels. Potted plants in ventilated laboratory chambers also removed benzene, providing a bonus air cleaning effect of up to 15% over and above ventilation alone. The finding present in this report provide a wealth of evidence to promote indoor potted plants as a sustainable, flexible, portable and aesthetically attractive biofiltration system for indoor air.