15 Jan 2019

HVAC in a building in some ways can be compared to the pulmonary system in the human body. HVAC allows for the exchange of air throughout a building. The HVAC regulates temperature and comfort for occupants. As system components age they can degrade and affect performance. Therefore, preventative maintenance improves IAQ and energy efficiency. The […]

By Dr. Rajiv Sahay, CIAQP, FIAS, Director of Environmental Diagnostics Laboratory Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) and the health of the indoor environment has been a rising concern in recent years from the health, hygiene, and productivity viewpoints. Individuals are exposed to a number of allergens or contaminants on a continuous basis. These contaminates/allergens can cause […]

Jointly published by the Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA) and Environmental Diagnostics Laboratory (EDLab) at Pure Air Control Services, Inc, this study takes a close look at how human skin cells can affect the health of the indoor environment. Human Skin Cells: A Potential Source of Building Contaminates was made public in July of 2018. It […]

Indoor air quality investigations are often initiated by occupant complaints to the facility manager of a building. These grievances are generally manifest through sight, smell and actual physical conditions only present when the occupant is in the questionable indoor environment. A building scientist who is sent to collect samples and log data for an IAQ […]

10 Apr 2018

Just because an air handling unit is old doesn’t mean it needs to be replaced. This is especially true when managing a large mechanical inventory and replacements cost both time and capital resources. HVAC restoration is an option that should be kept on the table. Facility, engineering and operation directors often times have to wrestle […]

In its 16th year now, National Healthy Schools Day seeks to inform the public of health risks that can affect children in educational and child care settings April 3, 2018, Clearwater FL — The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has reported that 50% of all schools have problems with indoor air quality (IAQ). IAQ issues can be comprised […]

HVAC Preventative Maintenance vs. Deferred Maintenance We are a culture of clichés. A cliché is defined as “a phrase or opinion that is overused and betrays a lack of original thought”. In other words, a stereotype. Consider then, the notion that “Deferred Maintenance” saves money or allows for current operational funds to be used immediately […]

Current research from Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) has found that by-products produced by bacteria consuming dead human skin flakes emit urine-like and body odor types of smells that are distributed through a building via the HVAC system. The study was conducted under the leadership of Dr. Lai Ka-man, Associate Professor of the Department of Biology […]

What is cooperative purchasing and how does it work? What is one hurdle every company must jump when selling to a governmental agency? Price. You could have the best bid package and offer the best service or product but there is always concerns on the side of the purchasing agent.  That is where cooperative (co-op) […]

During the 2017 hurricane season Harvey and Irma ripped into the United States. Millions of people were affected by high winds and flooding. Trees and utility poles fell. Over 60% of Florida lost electricity, some went up to 10 days without service. Roofs of homes and businesses suffered damage. Coastal areas and rivers flooded. Water entered buildings, and HVAC […]