Building Air Quality: A Free Comprehensive Guide for Building Owners and Facility Managers
Building Air Quality: A Guide for Building Owners and Facility Managers
The Building Air Quality, developed by the EPA and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, provides practical suggestions on preventing, identifying, and resolving indoor air quality (IAQ) problems in public and commercial buildings. This guidance provides information on factors affecting indoor air quality; describes how to develop an IAQ profile of building conditions and create an IAQ management plan; describes investigative strategies to identify causes of IAQ problems; and provides criteria for assessing alternative mitigation strategies, determining whether a problem has been resolved, and deciding whether to consult outside technical specialists. Other topics included in the guide are key problem causing factors; air quality sampling; heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems; moisture problems; and additional sources of information. The order form is available from IAQ INFO via EPA Document Reference Number
, December 1991.
The text of Building Air Quality is available here as a series of PDF files which you can download and view or print. You can go to the table of contents and select just the form or section that you need to download and view/print, or you can download the entire PDF version of the guide as a ZIPPED file to view/print. You will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader to view these files and you will need a utility to unzip the file, both are provided here.
Section 6: Diagnosing IAQ Problems
Overview: Conducting an IAQ Investigation; Initial Walkthrough; Collecting Additional Information; Collecting Information About Occupant Complaints; Using the Occupant Data; Collecting Information about the HVAC System; Using the HVAC System Data; Collecting Information about Pollutant Pathways and Driving Forces; Using Pollutant Pathway Data; Collecting Information on Pollutant Sources; Using Pollutant Source Data; Sampling Air for Contaminants and Indicators; Complaints Due to Conditions Other Than Poor Air Quality; Forming and Testing Hypotheses
Section 7: Mitigating IAQ Problems
Background: Controlling Indoor Air Problems; Sample Problems and Solutions; Judging Proposed Mitigation Designs and Their Successes
Section 8: Hiring Professional Assistance to Solve an IAQ Problem
Make Sure That Their Approach Fits Your Needs; Selection Criteria
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