Measurements and Evaluation of Indoor Air Quality, Aerial Emissions and Low Emission Animal Housing Systems (Gases, Particulate Matter and Odour)

Animal trials consistent with ethics code


ILVO’s Environmental Technology research group performs research on the measurement and control of indoor air quality in agricultural buildings and aerial emissions of agricultural activities. Typical agricultural pollutants are ammonia, particulate matter, nitrous oxide, methane, CO2 and odour. The research activities focus on the development of measuring techniques and on the development and evaluation of sustainable production techniques in agriculture.


Agricultural Engineering supports the development and evaluation of low (ammonia) emission animal housing systems (e.g. according to the ministerial decree of March 19th 2004). Technical support is provided through measurements in real life farms and on test scale facilities. Measurements can be performed on both the indoor climate and on emission level for different parameters (ammonia, particulate matter, odour, greenhouse gases, etc.). State-of-the-art mobile measuring equipment is available, as well as an olfactometric lab according to NBN EN 13725.


Peter Demeyer, Eva Brusselman