Is Your Building Making Tenants Sick?
What Causes Poor Indoor Air Quality in Commercial Buildings?
Inadequate ventilation, chemicals, mold, volatile organic compounds, formaldehyde, bacteria, radon, pest infestation, and renovations can affect the quality of air in a commercial building. If irritants persist, you may have a “sick building” on your hands. Sick building syndrome affects tens of thousands of buildings annually. The result can be lost productivity and higher absenteeism. Many factors can contribute to poor indoor air quality and it’s prudent to identify them all.
How Can I Find Out if My Building Has Poor Indoor Air Quality or Sick Building Syndrome?
Indoor air quality testing can tell you whether you may have poor air quality. Our job is to determine the root causes of your indoor air quality issue and recommend ways to resolve them. We survey many situations that can be contributing to your tenants’ discomfort including:
- Contaminated or inadequate HVAC systems
- Water damage
- Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
- Off-gassing from furniture, carpets, and consumer products
When Should I Test For Poor Indoor Air Quality?
- If you receive health-related complaints from occupants
- If you are changing, renovating, remodeling or expanding a building or HVAC system
- If you’ve had any fires, floods or disaster on your property
- If you’re buying a commercial building
- If you are installing new carpeting or furniture, or painting
- If there is any use of chemicals and/or heating processes within the facility either on a routine or periodic basis
- If you have significantly increased the number of occupants
- If there has been an infestation of insects, rodents, birds or animals