Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) services include sampling and diagnostics for potential hazards such as indoor mold, bioaerosols, airborne particulars, volatile organic compounds, carbon monoxide and other chemical contaminants. Complete IAQ services should also investigate the operational issues affecting occupant comfort and health; including temperature, relative humidity, lighting, objectionable odors, material off-gassing, building ventilation & pressurization, and air filtration effectiveness. Investigations often times include building walk-throughs, routine and specialized environmental monitoring, interviews with facility managers, occupant surveys, and due-diligence studies.
Commitment to the prevention, early detection, and management of Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) problems should serve all sectors of residential, commercial, and industrial markets. IAQ services should understand the potential legal exposure of clients and work diligently to identify and eliminate problems associated with occupant complaints, absenteeism, home/building warranty, certificate of occupancy, reduced productivity, accelerated building deterioration, strained relations between employers and employees or landlords and tenants, negative publicity, and potential liability.
Air Testing should be performed by Indoor Environmental Professionals (IEPs), Industrial Hygienists, Building Consultants, or Microbiologists. These tests should not be preformed by “Certified Mold Inspectors”.
Volatile Organic Compounds
Rae Systems ppbRAE VOC monitors are the most sensitive handheld Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) instrumentation in the world. This technology enables true parts per billion (ppb) detection of extremely low level, low vapor pressure and highly toxic VOCs including nerve agents, pesticide residues and low level permeation breakthrough detection. Assessments of total VOCs provide accurate, real-time measurements of toxic compounds associated with building materials, occupant use, leaks & spills, and microbial contamination. Building managers and homeowners find VOC to be an invaluable tool for identifying hidden irritants and toxicants well below odor threshold limits. VOC analysis can also detect diffusion of microbial VOCs formed by concealed amplification sources in wall and ceiling cavities.