Indoor Air Quality
Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) is among the five most important environmental concerns facing us today. IAQ generally refers to the quality of the air in an office environment. Other terms related to IAQ include "Indoor Environmental Quality" and “Sick Building Syndrome”.
Major IAQ issues are:
- Concerns with IAQ have increased since energy conservation measures were instituted on office buildings during the 70s, minimizing the infiltration of outside air and contributing to the buildup of indoor air contaminants.
- Complaints about IAQ range from simple complaints such as the air smelling odd to more complex, where the air quality causes illness and lost work time.
- One of the major causes of poor indoor air quality in commercial buildings is inadequate maintenance of air conditioning systems. For this reason, governmental agencies and indoor air consultants commonly endorse a “building systems” approach to IAQ.
IAQ assessments are most often requested by owners when the building occupants complain of uncomfortable changes in the indoor environment which may result in headaches, nausea, and other flu-like symptoms. The end result of such assessments is a report documenting the current environmental conditions within the building as well as recommendations for IAQ improvements.
For the last 30 years, QAC has provided environmental assessments and on-going quality assurance programs to small and large corporations and building owners. Our IAQ assessments include a visual inspection of the building’s structural and mechanical components and interviews with building occupants, as well as real-time testing and sampling of environmental conditions. Additionally, we perform a thorough and detailed investigation inside and outside the building to identify and rectify problems associated with “Sick Building Syndrome”.
We also assist clients with inspection, testing and analysis, and remediation plans for indoor air quality/clean air solutions including microbial and particulate decontamination of HVAC, ducts, and air delivery systems.
In addition, QAC has, over the years, developed an impressive and extensive network of experts and specialists who are available on a turn-key project basis or contract basis. The use of independent or consultant specialists allow QAC to staff projects with the most appropriate team of technical and operational expertise.
For more information, please call or contact us at 972-437-2100