iaq testing Articles

  • UVC lights enhance IAQ, reduce AHU operating costs

    Southern California Air Conditioning Distributors (SCACD), the world's largest Carrier distributor, wanted to investigate additional indoor air quality (IAQ) improvement meth- ods in its 30-year-old administra- tive facility located here.  According to Bruce Fuhrmann, com mere iaf manager for SC ACD, he knew from visual inspections that there were typical accumulations of dirt and mold ...


    By E-CO

  • IAQ investigators often overlook Bacteria as the Root Cause of Occupant Complaints

    Untitled Document Many investigators have been dealing with mold issues the last few years and may have been overlooking bacteria as the underlying microbial problem. Bacteria ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • How Can TO-15 Help You Solve Your Next IAQ Problem?

    Untitled Document Have you ever been asked to investigate unpleasant odors in a home or at the workplace? Are occupants developing headaches or a feeling of nausea? ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Trial setup of Wireless Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Monitor in a Hong Kong office building.

    A recent trial setup of the Wireless IAQ Profile PPMonitor in a Hong Kong office building in order to test out the units against a typical hot and humid Hong Kong ...


    By PPM Technology

  • EPA SUPPORT EXPANDS ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION FOUNDATION MOLD & IAQ TRAINING AND COMMUNICATES A NEW SET OF STANDARDS TO MEDIATE THE MOLD CRISIS

    IAQ/Mold Professionals, Real Estate, Insurance and Financial Industries Reduces Risks from Mold and IAQ Exposure Insurance Carriers and Lenders Back New Mold/IAQ Standards Lack of Standards Now a “Non-Issue” as Industries Unite and Agree No one likes to talk about mold, yet it has quickly become a multibillion-dollar problem for mortgage banking companies, insurance companies, ...

  • Nitrogen Dioxide Testing in Indoor Environments Protects Human Health

    During the winter months, when homes and businesses typically have their windows and doors closed, can result in an increase in indoor air quality (IAQ) complaints.  In addition to a lack of fresh air in many buildings during this time, problems due to gases not properly vented from heaters frequently occur.   Nitrogen oxides can be of increased concern during these cold winter ...

  • Cedar Rapids Flooding case study

    Services Performed Emergency remediation response, industrial hygiene, asbestos consulting and mold/indoor air quality (IAQ) testing Summary During the summer of 2008, major flooding of the Cedar River occurred which covered the downtown area in floodwaters. Many buildings including municipal and county government facilities needed to be cleaned, repaired and ...


    By EFI Global, Inc.

  • Case Study: UCLA Campus

    To date, Ellis has provided IAQ and hazmat testing and inspection services at the Life Sciences, Campus Health Services, Medical Plaza Building, Murphy Hall, Young Research Library, Franz Hall, and Schoenberg Hall. In August 2003, Ellis provided Emergency Response Services, administering the removal and cleaning of carpet and furniture after a storm line ruptured in the Medical Plaza ...

  • Thermal comfort, indoor air quality and acoustics: a conceptual framework for predicting occupant satisfaction in sustainable office buildings

    The authors propose and test a conceptual framework that delineates occupants' satisfaction with thermal comfort, indoor air quality, and acoustics conditions via post-occupancy evaluation (POE). A self-administered, internet-based, POE questionnaire was administered in two office buildings that were designed and operated as county service centres in a Midwestern state. A series of multiple ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Wireless monitoring for a safe indoor environment

    This article discusses the benefits of wireless technology for continously monitoring the indoor environment. In striving for the construction of energy efficient and cost-effective buildings, the imperative issue of the buildings Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) is often overlooked. This can often lead to a unhealthy indoor environment and even to conditions such as Sick Building Syndrome (SBS) or other ...


    By PPM Technology

  • Emergency remediation response case study

    Services Performed Emergency remediation response, oil and hazardous waste consulting and a mold/indoor air quality (IAQ) testing Summary Following the flooding of the Spicket River during the Spring 2006, EFI Global was engaged to evaluate a nursing home in Lawrence, MA. After the initial environmental evaluation, our team observed that the basement and ...


    By EFI Global, Inc.

  • Fungal Pathogens Identified by PCR and DNA Sequencing

    Aspergillus is a type of fungus that is commonly found in the environment and in buildings that have suffered water damage or elevated humidity levels.  For people with weakened immune systems, breathing Aspergillus spores can lead to infections. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Aspergillosis is an infection caused by a fungus called ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • How Close to Contamination does a Property need to be for Vapor Intrusion to be a Concern?

    Cinnaminson, NJ, February 19, 2013 There are numerous sites across North America that have contaminated soil or groundwater due to manmade pollution.  Some of these sites have been a problem for decades and as communities have grown, more and more residential and commercial properties have been built above or near these areas. A major issue for properties built near these contaminated ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Development of Plans and Specifications and Bidding Assistance

    Asbestos Survey – Building Surveys and Testing ACC helps developing owners and supervisors meet their regulating specifications to test suppose components for asbestos fiber prior to remodelling or development activities. To ensure quality, our certified professionals perform all area work according to OSHA, EPA and AHERA methods. Following the asbestos fiber survey, ACC provides a complete ...

  • Do People in Properties near Landfills need to be Concerned about Health & Safety Issues Related to Odors?

    Many residential communities and businesses have been built over the years close to landfills as towns and cities have grown. For people working or living near a landfill, one telltale sign of a landfill’s presence is often unpleasant odors. Landfill gases are formed when buried waste decomposes due to microorganisms or volatizes as the waste changes from a liquid or solid to a ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Soil Contamination and Possible Threats to Human Health

    In 2007, the city of Salisbury, North Carolina, purchased a piece of land that was the location of a former service station. The property had been given a clean bill of health in 1991 and again in 2007 just before the property was purchased. Last year, the city began site preparations to build a new central office for the local schools when soil contamination was found. It turns out ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • UVC keeps indoor air, a/c coils clean at College of the Sequoias

    At College of the Sequoias (COS), a California community college in Visalia, CA, indoor air quality is a high priority. “We have not had IAQ complaints, so when we discovered naturally occurring mold growth in the air conditioning coils, we decided to treat it proactively — before mold-related allergens circulated from the HVAC systems into the occupied space,” stated Eric ...


  • Sick-building syndrome and building-related illness

    Significant health problems linked to very poor indoor air qualityIndoor Air Quality (IAQ) deals with the content of interior air that could affect health and comfort of building occupants. The IAQ may be compromised by microbial contaminants (mold, bacteria), chemicals (such as carbon monoxide, radon), allergens, or any mass or energy stressor are more prevalent than anyone could have predicted. ...

  • Identifying Naturally Occurring Asbestos Hazards at Worksites

    Asbestos is the name given to a group of six different fibrous minerals that occur naturally in the environment. These minerals can be found in soil and rock formations in many regions of the Western United States. The term naturally occurring asbestos, or NOA, refers to the mineral as a natural component of soils or rocks as opposed to asbestos in commercial products, mining or ...


    By Clark Seif Clark Inc.

  • UVC: Florida hospital puts HVAC maintenance under a new light

    HVAC system downtime during coil cleaning can compromise humidity and temperature control, potentially leading to air quality or comfort problems. Florida Hospital has found that high-output ultraviolet-C lights installed in the AHUs reduce or eliminate coil- cleaning programs — yielding ongoing energy savings, a reduction in HVAC system maintenance, and the elimination of cleaning ...


    By E-CO

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