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The Complexity of a Building's Ecology

Updated: Feb 10, 2022

A building's indoor ecology is a complex matter, involving systems, infrastructure investments & inhabitant behaviors.

Property managers & owners deal with a whole range of risks that can cause indoor air quality issues. Some hazards are obvious, others are detected when inhabitants express discomfort, and many can go undetected for months or even years.

Proactive action can save money through a pre-planned, budget-conscious & engineering-based systems approach.

  • Ventilation adjustments can increase outdoor air flow and reduce re-circulation of harmful elements.

  • Air filtration system upgrades & enhancements can prevent outdoor contaminants from entering the space.

  • Water system checks prevent risks related to Legionella bacteria trapped in fixtures and HVAC equipment.

  • Surface inspections can determine the presence of lead paint or other potentially hazardous coatings or materials.

  • Proper cleaning procedures will minimize the use of excess chemicals while ensuring biological hazards are kept at bay.

A methodical, common sense approach helps avoid unnecessary expenses by enabling data-based decisions to manage health risks in your building. Our approach applies an incremental process to IAQ management:

  • Initial survey: Before any IAQ testing begins, survey the building to identify potential concerns.

  • Building systems assessment: Investigate essential air and water management systems to understand whether widespread IAQ testing is necessary.

  • HVAC system evaluation: Observe the full HVAC cycle to measure airflow and filtration in accordance with ASHRAE Standard 62.

  • Detailed indoor air quality testing: Sampling & analysis in specific areas of concern can help identify and prioritize issues that should be addressed.

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