indoor environmental quality Articles

  • Indoor air quality problems

    We have a number of employees in our office who have itchy, watery eyes, nasal congestion, headaches, lethargy and trouble concentrating. Most of the affected folks report they feel better at home and worse after they’ve been in the office for about an hour. We had the office tested for mold but nothing remarkable was found. What’s going on? While exposure to molds can certainly ...


    By Atlantic Environmental, Inc.

  • Indoor environment quality: a new challenge for environmental education

    Presently, most people are aware that pollution of the external air (atmospheric pollution) is prejudicial to health, but few know that the indoor environment can also have highly noxious effects in human beings. In certain cases indoor pollution even can reach levels higher than about ten times that of external pollution. All over the world there are more and more frequent unpleasant ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Indoor air quality in primary schools

    The indoor air quality (IAQ) in classrooms is expected to play a key role in the assessment of the effects of the children's personal exposure to air pollution since they spend on average 7–11 h per weekday at school. A statistical treatment was conducted over a database of indoor air parameters and the primary schools where these parameters were sampled (urban area of Lisbon, Portugal). The aim ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Indoor Air Quality Complaint Response

    Hygieneering’s Industrial Hygiene department recently responded to Indoor Air Quality concerns by occupants in a hospital following a localized fire within their building.  The response including conducting air sampling for potential contaminants associated with the fire and an evaluation of remediation efforts.  Recommendations were provided to change air flow patterns to better ...


    By Hygieneering, Inc.

  • Dealing with Indoor Air Quality Issues

     According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) journal, the average American spends about ninety percent of their time indoors. This is why the chances are overwhelming that most of the air you breathe either has entered via your building's ventilation system... or filtered in through doors, windows, or porous wall materials. Along the way, the air might have picked up any number ...


  • 10 Commandments of Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)

    Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) relates to a number of environmental factors inside a building that can impinge on the health, comfort, or work performance of the building’s occupants. Monitoring IAQ is vital because it is estimated that the average person spends 90% of their time breathing “indoor air”.    PPM Technology and our partners Hinds International have ...


    By PPM Technology

  • Six Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality Now

    Air quality is an important issue to anyone’s health, and many people don’t realize that their health issues and illnesses could be significantly diminished if their air quality was improved. There is much scientific evidence to suggest that the indoor air can be more polluted than the air outdoors, even in industrialized areas. When people spend eight or more hours a day in the same building, ...

  • Remote monitoring of Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)

    Indoor air quality (IAQ) relates to a number of environmental factors inside a building that can impinge on the health, comfort, or work performance of the building’s occupants. Monitoring IAQ is vital because it is estimated that the average person spends 90% of their time breathing “indoor air”. Remote monitoring of IAQ sampling data collected by PPM ...


    By PPM Technology

  • Why monitor Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)?

    Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) relates to a number of environmental factors inside a building that can impinge on the health, comfort, or work performance of the building’s occupants. Monitoring IAQ is vital because it is estimated that the average person spends 90% of their time breathing “indoor air”. In order to accurately understand a building’s indoor air quality, it is ...


    By PPM Technology

  • Indoor air quality and mold case study

    Service(s) performed: Indoor air quality and mold management services Summary: EFI Global has provided indoor air quality and asbestos abatement services to numerous school districts and universities nationwide. At a public educational system with 7 campuses totaling over 5 million square feet, our environmental professionals performed comprehensive indoor ...


    By EFI Global, Inc.

  • Comparison of indoor air quality in restaurant kitchens in Tehran with ambient air quality

    Air pollution is a major environmental health problem, affecting developed and developing countries around the world. Although the indoor air database is weak due to the scarcity of monitoring results, these estimates indicate that a serious indoor air problem may exist in developing countries. In developed countries, pollutant concentrations indoors are similar to those outdoors, with the ratio ...


    By University of Tehran

  • Vapor intrusion and indoor air quality due diligence during property transactions

    Vapor intrusion (i.e. the migration of volatile chemicals from contaminated soil and/or ground water through the subsurface into overlying building structures) as a contributing indoor air has become a growing concern for property owners and prospective purchasers in recent years as it can cause significant indoor air quality problems. This is largely due to the increased focus on this issue by ...

  • Validity and reliability testing of a post–occupancy evaluation questionnaire on indoor environmental quality and occupants' satisfaction

    A post–occupancy evaluation (POE) conceptual framework and questionnaire were developed and tested for occupant satisfaction in sustainable buildings. The purpose of this study was to test the POE questionnaire for validity and reliability and report the test results as well as those of a confirmatory case study analysis. An online, self–administered questionnaire was completed by 218 occupants ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Relationship between indoor environmental quality and building envelopes covered by plants: a review of the literature

    It is not clear whether the benefits of improving outdoor environmental conditions inherent in urban plants apply to building indoor environment when plants are integrated on building envelopes. This paper reviews published research to date to clarify whether building envelopes covered by plants have effects on indoor environmental quality, and building occupants' health and comfort. The review ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Canarina DISPER Software · indoor air quality dispersion · algorithms 8

      Canarina DISPER Software · indoor air quality dispersion   9.1.3 Wind Speed Profile  The wind power law is used to adjust the observed wind speed, uref, from a reference measurement height, ...

  • Differential impacts of smoke-free laws on indoor air quality

    The authors assessed the impacts of two different smoke-free laws on indoor air quality. They compared the indoor air quality of 10 hospitality venues in Lexington and Louisville, Kentucky, before and after the smoke-free laws went into effect. Real-time measurements of particulate matter with aerodynamic diameter of 2.5 µm or smaller (PM2.5) were made. One Lexington establishment was excluded ...

  • How to Achieve Good Indoor Air Quality in Operating Rooms

    There are two primary objectives in achieving acceptable air quality in the operating room: (1) control of anesthetic gases for the benefit of operating room staff, and (2) infection control for the benefit of the patient. Control of Anesthetic Gases Supply and scavenging systems, as well as general ventilation in the OR, must be functioning optimally for the surgical ...


    By Atlantic Environmental, Inc.

  • 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

  • Mold Remediation Guidance For Indoor Environment

    Remediation contractors are generally very conscientious, trying hard to bring each project to a condition where it will pass “clearance  testing” (the  Post-Remediation  Verification  [PRV] inspection) on the first try. Sometimes the cleaning attempts are unsuccessful. This will certainly cost the contractor additional cleaning ...

  • Feasibility Study of an Express Assessment Protocol for the Indoor Air Quality of Air-conditioned Offices

    It is costly to sample all major toxic pollutants in community air. Sampling should be conducted based on an assessment strategy and monitoring planning. Assessment methods that rely on monitoring some representative pollutants have been proposed variously at different times. In Hong Kong, the Environmental Protection Department (HKEPD) launched an Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) certification scheme to ...


    By SAGE Publications

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