Indoor environmental quality (IEQ) refers to the quality of a building’s environment in relation to the health and well-being of those who occupy space within it. IEQ is determined by many factors, including lighting, air quality, and water intrusion. Workers are often concerned that they have symptoms or health conditions from exposures to contaminants in the buildings where they work. One reason for this concern is that their symptoms often get better when they are not in the building. While research has shown that some respiratory symptoms and illnesses can be associated with damp buildings, it is still unclear what measurements of indoor contaminants show that workers are at risk for disease. In most instances where a worker and his or her physician suspect that the building environment is causing a specific health condition, the information available from medical tests and tests of the environment is not sufficient to establish which contaminants are responsible. Despite uncertainty about what to measure and how to interpret what is measured, research shows that building-related symptoms are associated with building characteristics, including dampness, cleanliness, and ventilation characteristics.
EMB Consulting provides the following IEQ services in offices, manufacturing facilities, colleges, schools, and homes.
- Sampling for IEQ parameters, such as temperature, relative humidity, carbon dioxide
- Sampling for allergens and other airborne particulate matter
- Sampling for volatile organic compounds (formaldehyde, etc)
- Mold inspection and remediation protocols
- Odor investigations
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