Air Quality in Oxfam Superadobe Community Building, Zaatari camp, Jordan

Dima Albadra, Carla Ferreira Pinto Da Silva, Daniel Maskell, Richard Ball

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In collaboration with Oxfam-Jordan, the University of Bath conducted air quality monitoring in a community centre in Zaatari refugee camp over one week in May 2018. Two buildings were monitored, a superadobe (sand bag) structure and a caravan. In addition to measurements of air quality outdoors.
The monitoring consisted of two parts, airborne volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and particulate matter (PM) suspended in the air. VOCs levels in both monitored buildings were much lower than the allowed limits in the UK, may be due to the high ventilation rate. Therefore, VOCs are not thought of to be of concern. On the other hand, PM concentrations were significantly higher than guidelines for daily exposure by WHO.
Original languageEnglish
Commissioning bodyOXFAM - Jordan
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 25 Jul 2018


  • Air Quality
  • VOCs
  • particulates
  • Refugee camps
  • Jordan


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