Indoor Air Quality/Mold Assessments
Poor indoor air quality (IAQ), more commonly known as “Sick Building Syndrome” and mold contamination have become an increasing concern for building managers, employee relations groups, real estate investors, public housing authorities, insurance companies, and healthcare professionals. Issues related to occupant comfort, such as temperature and humidity, airborne contaminants from off-gassing building materials or housekeeping chemicals, mold contamination and workstation designs are all frequently inter-related concerns raised by building occupants. Investigating these concerns is a complex matter, frequently involving a methodical process of elimination.
KTA IAQ professionals initiate indoor air quality and mold evaluations through conferences and fact-finding interviews with occupants of both impacted and unaffected areas, building maintenance and housekeeping staff. The nature of complaints, temporal pattern of symptoms, and related issues are investigated in order to determine likely relationships between the onset of symptoms with aspects of the indoor environment. HVAC systems and associated mechanical rooms are reviewed to assess general operating conditions. Dependent upon the results, sampling and analysis of potential contaminants sources, evaluation of HVAC performance, or other qualitative or quantitative evaluations may be initiated, in a prioritized manner, to identify or eliminate likely sources of occupant concerns. Following a review and discussion of all findings with the client contact, recommendations for corrective action are made and mitigation plans and specifications are prepared.
KTA has demonstrated such services on the following representative projects: