Indoor air quality (IAQ) is a term which refers to the air quality of a building, particularly as it relates to the comfort and well-being of building occupants.
Indoor air quality and tenant comfort can be compromised by a number of factors such as poor insulation, failing windows, leaky doorways, loose ductwork, plumbing leaks, or mechanical issues relating to HVAC systems. An IAQ assessment can help identify issues and problem sources. Determination of IAQ can involve the collection of air samples, monitoring of exposure pathways, and collection of samples from building surfaces.
Parameters included as part of a typical IAQ investigation:
- Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
- Carbon Dioxide (CO2) an indicator of ventilation
- Carbon Monoxide (CO)
- Relative Humidity (%RH)
- Temperature (°F)
Other parameters frequently considered as part of an IAQ investigation:
- Silica dust/ nuisance dust
- Unknown odors
IAQ assessments are useful in identifying potential IAQ issues before they become problematic. They are also conducted in response to building occupant complaints. The IAQ investigation can help identify ways to optimize the balance between energy efficiency and tenant comfort and health.
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