INDOOR AIR QUALITY
Indoor air quality has become an increasing concern for the public, typically involving private residences, offices and places in which people may visit, such as shopping malls and other public places. Recently, the focus of indoor air quality has become centered around mold and its potential effects on people. However, mold is just one facet of indoor air quality, and rarely is an indoor air quality problem due to just one causal factor such as mold. More often, indoor air quality complaints and problems are due to a combination or synergistic effect of two or more factors. This is the reason why it is important for indoor air quality investigations to consider all possible factors affecting the overall indoor environment. The indoor environment in any building, room, facility, etc, is a result of a complex interaction between many contributing factors which are typically unique to that setting. These factors include but are not limited to:
- The occupants of the building and their unique characteristics: this can include perfumes, laundry detergents, body odors, carbon dioxide, etc.
- The building: heating, ventilating and air-conditioning (HVAC) system, the way the building systems are operated, the general structure and layout of the building, materials from which the building was constructed (carpeting, insulation of HVAC system, ceiling tiles, etc.)
- Interior pollutants: chemicals used in the building operation (pesticides, cleaners, etc.), chemicals emitted by the building structures and furnishings (glue, formaldehyde, etc.), certain biological hazards (bacteria, mold, etc.) as well as dirt, dander, fibers, organic matter and other typical constituents of indoor dust.
- External pollutant sources: motor vehicle exhaust, sewer gases, radon, and other soil contaminants, dust, etc.
- Physical agents: lighting, noise, heat, humidity, etc.
Given the variability of sensitivities of people, exposure to one or several of these contaminants, even in small quantities, can result in occupant reactions. These reactions often result in lost productivity and time away from the job. Therefore, each indoor air quality complaint or problem should be approached from a comprehensive perspective that encompasses all of the indoor environmental facets.
AMRC services include:
- Building Inspection and Routine Monitoring
- Testing (biological particulate and chemical), Bulk, Surface and Air Sampling
- Remediation Design and Management
- HVAC Design and Testing
- Training and Consultation
- Post Remediation Inspections and Testing