BUILDING 
CERTIFICATION Air Quality testing

The effects of VOC's and other indoor air pollutants on human health are well documented, despite being able to decay naturally they can persist in the environment for a long time

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The internal environment of new or newly refurbished buildings can pose a health risk to occupants. This can occur as a result of the emission of harmful pollutants from materials utilised as part of the construction, fit out and finishing works, such as paints and furnishings. In addition, improperly designed ventilation strategies can lead to a build-up of airborne compounds. Collectively these issues can cause a deterioration in the quality of internal air and lead to adverse health effects for the occupants.

Post construction and/or ongoing monitoring of indoor air quality pollutants can identify areas for improvement in air quality and provide benchmarks to ensure air quality remains high over time, contributing to enhanced respiratory and mental health of building occupants.

               

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Depending on the building certification standard you are wanting to achieve you may need to carryout an initial detailed assessment of air quality followed by ongoing long term monitoring. Typical indoor air quality pollutants that require monitor range from volatile organic compounds (VOC's) to key gas indicators such as carbon dioxide. 

Levels of VOC's and Formaldehyde will typically be at there highest levels soon after a building is refurbished or constructed. On the other hand common indoor air quality pollutants such as dust levels (PM 2.5 / 10), carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide and humidity can be an issue for the life span of the building.

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We have the expertise to carryout indoor air quality testing to meet your building certification standard whether it is required to meet BREEAM HEA 02, Fitwel, B-Corp, LEED or WELL certification. 

We can carry out one off in-depth assessments or deploy a range of air quality sensors for ongoing measurements.

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Knowledge Centre Article

Expand your knowledge on this topic by reading our informative article

Poor Indoor Air Quality - The Complete Guide
Poor Indoor Air Quality - The Complete Guide

2021-05-01

Indoor air quality has been identified as one of the top five most urgent environmental risks to public health, and as a responsible employer – you need to ensure your employees are safe and healthy whilst in the working environment.

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