Tampa, FL , September 21, 2016 — From office buildings to schools and hotels to hospitals, building sciences and indoor air quality is essential to occupant health and productivity. An October 2015 COGFX Study from The Department of Environmental Health, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health found that we spend 90% of our time indoors. Yet indoor environmental quality and its effect on health and productivity are often never considered. The study results suggest that even small improvements to indoor environmental quality can have a profound impact on the decision-making performance of a building’s occupants.
Beyond the concern for the people living, working and learning within a building, identifying and correcting indoor environmental issues can also lead to savings on energy costs.
ABC News Morning Blend TV Show host Natalie Taylor interviewed Troy Raszka Marketing & Communications director at Pure Air Control Services and Francisco Aguirre, Director of Diagnostics and Building Sciences, Pure Air Control Services on the nature of indoor environmental quality, how they test for it and why its essential.
During the segment Host Natalie Taylor acknowledged that.”This is a very serious topic that can affect families and the workforce.”
“The Building Sciences team is called in to test a buildings envelope to see if there are any issues.” Troy Raszka described, “They do this by collecting data, air and surface samples which are then send to a lab like Environmental Diagnostics Laboratory for analysis and reporting.”
ABC News piece showed video footage of Mr. Aguirre working in the field performing air flow analysis. He also demonstrated a bioaerosol impactor air sample collection device designed to measure airborne bacteria and fungi in colony forming units per cubic meter (CFU/m3).
“We look at things that can exacerbate allergies, like mold growth and other allergens that can congregate in different parts of the home.” explained Mr. Aguirre, “So what we do in buildings, we go with all of our equipment, depending exactly on the nature of the call, and we analyze the air quality with respect to bacteria, fungi, respirable sized particles, temperature, relative humidity.”
Watch the full video below.
But Building Sciences is just the first crucial step to solving an IEQ issue. After forensically testing the building, their data and samples are sent to a lab who in turn will compile a report. Building Sciences then reviews the report and its findings. Finally, they will recommend a plan for remedy of any issues based on severity.
A good way to start is with a Building Hygiene Assessment. Building Sciences will come onsite and test a facilities overall environmental health. This assessment can give the building manager the exact data needed to budget for and plan the necessary actions to take to ensure the optimum performance.
About Pure Air Control Services, Inc:
Alan Wozniak founded Pure Air Control Services, Inc. in 1984 as a small mechanical contracting firm. Today, the firm sets the industry standard for indoor environmental quality diagnosis and remediation.
Pure Air’s nationally performed services include: Building Sciences Evaluation; Building Health Check; an Environmental Microbiology Laboratory; Environmental Project Management; and Mold Remediation Services, among other indoor environmental services.
The company’s expanding client roster includes the FAA, General Services Administration (GSA); Allstate Insurance; CBRE, Carrier Air Conditioning; NAVFAC, DOT, USACE, US Army, and many other Fortune 500 companies, school boards, and city, state, and county governments, making Pure Air Control Services the reliable industry leader.
For more information on Building Sciences or Pure Air Control Services call at (800) 422-7873 ext 201.
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