Indoor Air Quality

Clearing the Air About Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)

You take over 20,000 breaths each day (18,000 of those breaths are taken indoors). The air we breathe is as precious as life itself. And yet, every day millions of people are subjected to indoor air pollutants that not only make them sick, they may even be life-threatening. Naturally, this has become an important quality-of-life issue that has resulted in millions of dollars of litigation.

Of course, everyone would prefer to live and work in a healthy building. Contractors and developers would prefer to build healthy buildings right from the start. That is where we can help. CSC can show you how to clear the air at your site and advise you of how to build "Green Buildings" that do not emit harmful chemicals or volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

We provide the cure

At CSC, we are experts at determining what causes uncomfortable and unhealthy indoor air. For example, we have diagnosed buildings that do not "breathe properly", do not provide enough fresh air through the heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) system, were made with harmful synthetic materials, or simply were too hot or too humid. New reasons for indoor air problems are being discovered all the time.

Indoor Air Quality

The Facts About Indoor Air Quality

"Sick Buildings" can lead to serious illness

Not too long ago, a "sick" building wasn't a concern for builders. It is now. In an ever-increasing effort to become energy efficient, modern buildings are sealed tight, thus trapping harmful contaminants. The result is Sick Building Syndrome (SBS), which really means that the people inside are getting sick. Occupants develop headaches, irritated eyes, exhaustion, and a host of other symptoms that threaten their health, work output and quality of life.

Even more disturbing is the occurrence of Building Related Illness (BRI). These are clinically diagnosed illnesses like lung cancer, chemical allergies, asbestosis and Legionnaire's Disease that are most likely a direct result of long-term exposure to a "Sick Building".

We know that a thorough inspection is an important first step. This includes both a visual walk-through of the building and then a careful measuring of pollutant levels utilizing on-site diagnostic instruments. Once we have determined any and all sources of contaminants, we will devise an abatement and maintenance program that will ensure that your building occupants always have clean air to breathe.

Indoor environmental quality (IEQ) is a fundamental topic worldwide. In 2000, the World Health Organization (WHO) adapted the well-known principles of human rights to the indoor environment field. Additionally, the U.S. Environmental Prtection Agency (EPA) has listed poor indoor air quality as the fourth-largest environmental risk in our country.

According to researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in the United States, the economic losses caused by poor IEQ due to illness, absenteeism and lost of production is significant. They estimate that U.S. companies could save as much as $58 billion annually by avoiding sick building illnesses and could, as a result, realize at least $200 billion in productivity increases each year.

Indoor environmental problems may include a combination of one or more of the following factors: inadequate housekeeping conditions, contaminants emitted from sources and activities within the building, poor urban air quality, insufficient ventilation, and biological contamination attributable to deficient moisture control. By the same token, inadequate control of temperature, humidity, and lighting, or excess of noise, occupant density, job dissatisfaction, lack of personal privacy and control over the environment can also commonly increase or add to the stress that occupants experience in a particular environment.

Clearing the Air About Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)

The air we breathe is as precious as life itself. And yet, every day millions of people are subjected to indoor air pollutants that not only make them sick, they may even be life-threatening. Naturally, this has become an important quality-of-life issue that has resulted in millions of dollars of litigation. Of course, everyone would prefer to live and work in a healthy building. And contractors and developers would prefer to build healthy buildings right from the start. That is where we can help. Clark Seif Clark (CSC) can show you how to clear the air at your site and even advise you about how to build "Green Buildings" that do not emit harmful chemicals or volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the first place.

The Facts About Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)

"Sick Buildings" can lead to serious illness

Not too long ago, builders would have laughed at the thought of a "sick" building. Not now. In an ever-increasing effort to become energy efficient, modern buildings are sealed tight, thus trapping harmful contaminants. The result is Sick Building Syndrome (SBS), which really means that the people inside are getting sick. Occupants develop headaches, irritated eyes, exhaustion, and a host of other symptoms that threaten their health, work output and quality of life. Even more disturbing is the occurrence of Building Related Illness (BRI). These are clinically diagnosed illnesses like lung cancer, chemical allergies, asbestosis and Legionnaire's Disease that are most likely a direct result of long-term exposure to a "Sick Building".

We provide the cure

At Clark Seif Clark (CSC), we are experts at determining what causes unhealthy indoor air. For example, we have diagnosed buildings that do not "breathe properly", do not provide enough fresh air through the heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) system, were made with harmful synthetic materials, or simply were too hot or too humid. And new reasons for indoor air problems are being discovered all the time.

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We know that a thorough inspection is an important first step. This includes both a visual walk-through of the building and then a careful measuring of pollutant levels utilizing on-site diagnostic instruments. Once we have determined any and all sources of contaminants, we will devise an abatement and maintenance program that will ensure that your building occupants always have clean air to breathe.