The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) defines IEQ as follows:
“Indoor environmental quality (IEQ) refers to the quality of a building’s environment in relation to the health and wellbeing of those who occupy space within it. IEQ is determined by many factors, including lighting, air quality, and damp conditions.”
A building’s indoor air quality (IAQ) is one aspect of IEQ that has been magnified during the pandemic. Yet, even pre-2020, IAQ was known to play a substantial role in human health. This is no surprise considering that we spend the majority of our time indoors where levels of air pollutants can be several times higher than in the outside air.
There are many parameters to consider when assessing a facility’s indoor air quality, such as:
- Pathogens such as viruses, bacteria, and mold
- Chemicals such as volatile and semi-volatile organic compounds (VOC and SVOC)
- Particulates such as dust and pollen
- Physical parameters such as temperature, humidity, and air exchange rate
These characteristics are unique for each building depending on its location, age, construction, HVAC system, use, and other facility-specific considerations.
Approaches to IAQ
The first step in developing an effective IAQ strategy is to assess the current state of the building’s IAQ and systems. Only then can a proper monitoring and management program be designed. Brady can help you navigate this effort with an IAQ consultation. We will review your facility and provide you with recommendations for improvements.
Just as each building’s characteristics are unique, so must be its IAQ program. There are numerous options that can be considered, for example:
- Whole-building and room-specific systems
- Integrated controls that allow continuous monitoring, data collection, and automatic adjustments to help optimize air quality in real-time
- Remote monitoring and the ability to make adjustments from off-site locations
Considerations beyond performance are an important part of IAQ program design. Parameters such as cost (initial and lifetime costs), suitability for the building footprint, integration with existing systems, maintenance effort needed, energy requirements, and other sustainability measures, among others.
Here at Brady, our goal is to help you navigate IAQ program design and operation, no matter where you are in the process. We are ready to speak with you about providing the healthiest IAQ for the people who live, work, learn, and visit your buildings.
Request a Consultation
Are you ready to have a conversation about indoor air quality? If you are a current customer with concerns about indoor air quality in your facility, send us a message below and we will contact you within one business day to set up the consultation.
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