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What's in your air?

Graham was built with minimized use of construction and flooring materials that cause off-gassing to occur, and this reduction coupled with Graham’s additional mechanical ventilation systems result in overall improved air quality in common spaces and resident rooms.

Improved mechanical ventilation in Graham Hall




Off-gassing, or the release of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and other pollutants from common substances such as paint, stains, flooring, and insulation, can continue for years and can affect health long after construction has been completed.

Mechanical ventilation systems continually extract air from a building and introduce fresh air at the same rate while keeping the rate of air changes fairly constant, which improves indoor air quality.

Graham is also a non-smoking residence hall, so indoor air quality will not be compromised. To review SCU’s smoking policy, please find it in the Student Handbook.

Read more about Air Quality in Graham Hall.