Indoor Air Quality and Investigations and Assessments
Indoor air quality (IAQ) field is maturing and expanding. Historically, IAQ deals with "comfort" issues like temperature, relative humidity, air velocity (draft), stuffiness, odor, oxygen supply, and carbon dioxide build-up. Now, IAQ also deals with health and well-being.
Office buildings are generally considered a safe and healthful working environment. Since 1970s, building construction emphasized on energy-conserving/-efficient buildings with minimized infiltration of outside air. This contributes to the buildup of indoor air contaminants. Now, there is increased public awareness and expectation for a good, comfortable working environment.
IAQ problems and complaints are often subjective and nonspecific. Complaints range from 1 or 2 employees affected to episodes where the entire building is shut down and evacuated.
Experienced staff at Panacea has conducted numerous IAQ studies/investigations, and can design a site-specific study that can include the followings:
- Preliminary IAQ investigation for real estate due-diligence process;
- Interview affected building occupants;
- Evaluate routine operation and maintenance practices;
- Review, investigate, and evaluate a building's heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) units;
- "Comfort" issue testing for temperature, relative humidity, air velocity (draft), stuffiness, odor, oxygen supply, and carbon dioxide build-up;
- Testing for formaldehyde, nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide, ozone precursors, methane (lower exposure limit meter or laboratory analysis), hydrogen sulfides, volatile and semi-volatile organic compounds, chlorinated pesticides, synthetic fibers, and airborne particulates; and
- Microorganisms and other biological contaminants (microbials).