25 Mar 2020

The COVID-19 Pandemic is now inescapable. SO, How IAQ affects schools has never been more important to understand. With in person classroom education in the United States completely shut down, a shift to online learning is underway. Teachers and admin staff are all working from home. However, facility managers, engineers and custodians mostly are all […]

25 Feb 2020

Indoor air quality is always a concern for employers and facilities managers. Poor IAQ impacts the mental and physical health of building occupants. Volatile organic compounds, released into the air from both indoor and outdoor sources, also contribute to low IAQ. Understanding what VOCs are, where they come from, and how to reduce them, helps […]

18 Feb 2020

Our understanding of how particulate matter affects indoor air quality and the well-being of occupants has improved in recent years. This has made issues of IAQ a concern for facilities managers and building owners. Better ways of tracking and interpreting health trends and more streamlined data collection has made it easier to identify the threats […]

11 Feb 2020

Coronavirus was first detected in China in December of 2019. Nearly one hundred people died from the respiratory virus in a single day in February as the overall death toll in the country approaches 1,000. A rise in reported cases of coronavirus in the U.S. has prompted government officials to declare a public health emergency. […]

28 Jan 2020

Let’s take a look at how to prevent Legionella in your HVAC system. But before we do we must understand what this bacteria is and how it affects building occupants. Legionnaires’ disease is an infection of the respiratory system. It is a form of atypical pneumonia caused by the Legionella bacteria. While milder than pneumonia, […]

13 Nov 2019

Mold is everywhere. Outdoors it lives on dead leaves and plants. Indoors it forms on the building materials and HVAC systems of homes and office buildings. It releases spores which travel through the air. We breathe them into our lungs where they can cause, sometimes serious, health problems. Mold identification is the first step followed […]

04 Sep 2019

Exhaustive environmental investigation of a university campus building* in the Great Lakes region uncovered mycotoxins as culprit of occupant health complaints. Background It’s not uncommon for actively used buildings to have plumbing or roof leaks. A water event of any kind inside of a building must be immediately addressed to prevent other more serious issues […]