Indoor Air Quality and Ventilation

Improving your indoor air quality

Increasing health awareness and potential for Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) related litigation are convincing building owners and property managers of the value and necessity of implementing formal IAQ management systems.

The trend is towards integrating indoor air quality management practices into building operating and maintenance procedures. For new buildings, IAQ issues are being considered in all project phases from design and specification to commissioning.

Many IAQ problems related to marginal ventilation can be mitigated cost effectively with commercially available energy-efficient ventilation technology.

While the causes of occupant complaints are diverse and often elusive, the majority can be resolved or prevented by having an IAQ management plan in place that:

  • Ensures building ventilation rates, particulate filtration, humidity, and temperature parameters meet and preferably exceed minimum standards

  • Controls microbial contaminant sources by routinely cleaning and maintaining HVAC systems, and ensuring water damaged building areas are dried within 24 hours before mold spores can germinate

  • Minimizes chemical contaminant sources by taking remedial action during and after building renovation activities and containing and removing known contaminants such as combustion gases and tobacco smoke

Saving your business money

Usually the expense and effort required to prevent most IAQ problems is much less than the expense and effort required to address the problems after they develop.

Furthermore, managing IAQ proactively can reduce operating costs by improving heating and cooling efficiencies and help make buildings more marketable to prospective tenants or buyers.

Better air is both healthy and profitable

Proper IAQ is a good business investment. Maintaining building hygiene should be part of routine procedures rather than reactive responses to IAQ complaints.

The current trend toward sealing or tightening buildings to reduce air and moisture infiltration makes them more energy-efficient and less costly to own and operate.

However making them very tight, but with poor ventilation, can create many indoor air quality problems including mould, persistent and objectionable odours, and what is commonly known as sick building syndrome.

Use the links on the left to learn more about indoor air quality and ventilation or talk to your local Union Gas Account Manager today.