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  • Allergens and Air Quality Concerns from Indoor Plants

    The indoor environmental quality (IEQ) professionals at Clark Seif Clark (CSC) provide comprehensive consulting and testing services to determine of indoor plants are causing a degraded environment for building occupants.   The use of plants in indoor environments can create what appears to be a more pleasant environment for building occupants.  Research has shown there are several ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • EPA releases guidelines to ensure healthy indoor air during home energy upgrades/ New protocols protect indoor air quality while enhancing home energy efficiency

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its Healthy Indoor Environment Protocols for Home Energy Upgrades to better integrate health protections into energy efficiency programs. This first-of-its-kind guidance will provide the home energy industry the ability to identify, manage, and reduce health risks during home energy upgrades, retrofits or remodeling. "These protocols will ...

  • Indoor Air Quality & Energy Efficiency in Schools the Focus of New EPA Guidance

    Last month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released new guidance to help school districts protect indoor air quality (IAQ) while increasing energy efficiency during school renovations. Energy management and protecting indoor air quality are both important considerations for a school’s facility management during energy upgrades and retrofits. Schools can protect student and ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Record Rainfall in California May Result in Indoor Air Quality Problems

    The indoor air quality (IAQ) professionals at Clark Seif Clark (CSC) provide moisture inspections and testing services for mold, bacteria and other contaminants following five days of record storms. Parts of Los Angeles have recorded almost 22 inches of rain, and an estimated 17 feet of snow has fallen in parts of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.  Roads have washed out, beaches are closed, ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • National Healthy Schools Day Spotlights Indoor Air Quality

    Across the nation educational institutions are recognizing National Healthy Schools Day.  The important day is coordinated by the Healthy Schools Network in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Council of Educational Facility Planners – International (CEFPI).  It promotes the use of the EPA’s IAQ Tools for Schools program.   According ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Ways a Home’s Ventilation Could Cause Indoor Air Quality Issues

    Americans spend up to 90% of their time indoors so the indoor air quality (IAQ) in their homes is a critical component of a healthy life.  At times, indoor pollutants can accumulate to levels that can pose health and comfort issues, particularly when there is too little outdoor air entering a building. These pollutants may include mold, bacteria, tobacco smoke, volatile organic compounds ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Upcoming WPL Webinar to Focus on Indoor Air Quality Testing and LEED

    Later this month, WPL Publishing will sponsor a webinar to help various professionals in the construction community identify specific Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) credits relating to indoor air quality (IAQ) and reach other IAQ goals. LEED green building rating systems include credits for measuring and verifying IAQ. The credits include specific requirements for how to ...


    By PRWeb

  • Indoor Air Quality Experts Educate the Public about Common IAQ Pollutants

    For most people, the vast majority of their day is spent indoors.  Whether at home, in the office, or attending school, many people spend up to 90% of their time in indoor environments.   With so much of their day indoors, the quality of the air they breathe is vital to their health.  In many homes and buildings, there are numerous potential pollutants that can cause health ...


    By Clark Seif Clark Inc.

  • Allergens Lurking in Your Indoor Environment

    With the recent arrival of summer, warm conditions in many parts of the country have people closing their windows and turning on their air conditioners.  In many circumstances, closing doors and windows in a home or building can allow concentrations of indoor pollutants and allergens to rise. These allergens can cause issues for anyone who suffers from allergies.    For many ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Fall Property Maintenance Tips to Help Avoid Common Indoor Environmental Quality Issues

    With the fall season in full swing, now is an ideal time to check the condition of a home or commercial property and perform some preventive maintenance tasks. Taking steps now can help to ensure a property is in good condition to provide a safe and comfortable place for building occupants before cooler winter weather arrives.   “Preventive maintenance ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Odorless Indoor Gases Can Create Safety Issues

    The indoor environmental quality (IEQ) professionals at Clark Seif Clark (CSC) provide IAQ testing services to protect families and businesses. In September of last year, an 80 year old woman died at a Georgia McDonald’s restaurant after being found unconscious in the ladies restroom. The bleed line to a tank used to carbonate beverages, located in the adjacent wall cavity, was not ...


    By Clark Seif Clark Inc.

  • Cold Weather Brings Out Indoor Allergies in Many

    Extreme winter weather has hit many parts of the United States resulting in some of the coldest temperatures seen in those areas in close to 20 years.  The historic deep freeze closed schools, businesses and numerous institutions across dozens of states. The severe cold temperatures have kept millions of Americans in their homes for days.  For those who suffer from winter allergies, ...


    By Clark Seif Clark Inc.

  • Indoor Allergens & Steps to Reduce Exposure in the Home or Office

    For the millions of Americans with respiratory allergies, asthma or COPD, their home or office can sometimes be the source of allergens that can trigger or aggravate their condition. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, nasal allergies are estimated to affect close to 50 million people in the United States. Allergic rhinitis alone results in more than ...


    By Clark Seif Clark Inc.

  • Common Endocrine Disruptors Found in Indoor Environments

    Many people spend up to 90% of their time indoors, so whether at home, work or school, it’s important that the indoor environment provides for a safe and healthy place for all building occupants.  In recent years, people have become increasingly aware of concerns associated with indoor exposure to such things as asbestos, lead-based paints and elevated levels of mold.    ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Winter Season Creates Indoor Environmental Concerns for Many

    During January and February, many parts of the country experience their coldest temperatures of the year.  Even in places many think of as hot deserts, such as Phoenix and Palm Springs, temperatures can reach freezing temperatures at night.   Cold weather results in people using furnaces and sealing up their homes, offices and schools to keep out drafts.  During the winter, and in ...


    By Clark Seif Clark Inc.

  • Airborne Fungal Contaminants can be an Indoor Health Hazard

    Most people have been unfortunate to at some point witness water damage in their home, school, or place of business.  Water damage, whether from a flood, leaking roof, or broken pipe, can lead to mold growth in as short as 24 to 48 hours.   When mold begins to grow indoors it can lead to indoor allergies that last year round, trigger asthma attacks in susceptible individuals, and even ...


    By Clark Seif Clark Inc.

  • Air Quality Sciences, Inc. Highlights Newest Small Chamber Technology

    AQS meets high domestic and international demand with the addition of 15 new small environmental chambers. ATLANTA - Air Quality Sciences, Inc. (AQS) is home to the largest commercial environmental chamber laboratory offering more than 60 state-of-the-art chambers ranging from room-sized to small. Higher international demand for low-pollutant emissions testing and third party ...


    By Aerias, LLC

  • Facility Managers in Puerto Rico Provided Solutions to Resolve Indoor Allergy Complaints

    Employees that develop allergy symptoms that improve or go away once they leave their work environment are likely being exposed to indoor allergens.  When a worker recognizes that this appears to be what is going on, they will often speak to their supervisor or human resources department about their concerns.    In many circumstances, the facility ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Schools in Puerto Rico Turn to Zimmetry Environmental for Healthy Indoor Environments

    Students and teachers across Puerto Rico are getting ready to start the new school year.  In many school districts, the summer months have been spent performing repairs, renovations and preventive maintenance activities.   These activities can either improve the indoor environmental quality or make matters worse if they have not been performed ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Could Isocyanates from the Application of Spray Polyurethane Foam Cause Indoor Environmental Concerns?

    Across California and the Southwest, spray polyurethane foam (SPF) has become a popular alternative to other forms of insulation in homes and buildings due to its excellent insulating properties.  In many applications, SPF also has the ability to protect against moisture, fill cracks and crevices, and works well to reduce airborne sounds in urban areas. There are several types of ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

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