Indoor Air Quality

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Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) is a general term referring to the air quality within and around buildings and structures, and is an assessment of the health and comfort of building occupants. A variety of pollutants, such as microbial agents (mold, bacteria), gases (volatile organic compounds, ozone), and particles and fibers can result in unhealthy IAQ. However, understanding and tackling IAQ issues can be a complex process. IAQ, or the more inclusive term, Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ), incorporates the interaction of myriad pollutant sources, thermal comfort, ventilation and occupant perceptions.

Problems related to synthetic building materials that can arise include lack of ventilation, intrusion of elements from exterior sources, excessive moisture or humidity, temperature levels, and mold growth. Poor indoor air quality can result in a range of health symptoms, from general discomfort or irritation, to allergies, infections, or toxic reactions.

FACS takes a holistic approach in solving IAQ problems, addressing not only the physical parameters through testing, monitoring and engineering, but also through addressing occupant factors – details like risk communication and dispute resolution. FACS also develops proactive IAQ management plans and monitoring in order to avoid future potential IAQ problems.