Indoor air quality monitoring may be requested for a variety of reasons. However, the introduction of an unexpected source of moisture into an occupied environment often prompts evaluation. Moisture intrusion may result from penetration of the building envelope, an internal water leak or a building design, operation or maintenance problem, or just a perceived problem by the occupants. The most effective air quality evaluations provide an understanding of the problem, determination of the cause and, when required, recommended remedial actions. In some circumstances, air and other environmental sampling may be required.
Our philosophy is to determine why the building failure has occurred by how moisture inside the building is being managed. Thousands of organic and inorganic sources contribute to the media we refer to as “indoor air quality.” When indoor air quality problems emerge, our noses and common sense often provide the most effective tools to discriminate between all the possible sources and the few likely candidates. Once we know the probable source(s), then a qualified expert must identify the predominant contributors. This is where HSA is most effective.
HSA’s Building Sciences Division specializes in determining the cause and origin of water damage and resulting microbial growth. HSA's team of industrial hygienists, engineers, and building scientists are highly experienced in locating potential sources of water intrusion, identifying and quantifying microbial growth, evaluating structural and IAQ concerns, developing remediation plans, working with contractors to ensure that remediation is properly planned and conducted including verification sampling/assessment, and certification. HSA’s varied experience empowers our engineers, scientists, and technicians to solve the unique and often obscure problems associated with buildings and their performance.
- Air Quality Monitoring and Certification
- Moisture and Microbial Evaluations
- Cause and Origin Determinations
- HVAC Systems Evaluations
- Odor Evaluations
- Ventilation Compliance Studies
- Building Pressure Assessment
- Building Air Leakage Testing
- Duct Leakage Testing
- Interior Air/Biological Sampling Programs
- Infra-Red Thermography
- Remediation Protocol Development
- Remediation Monitoring and Post-remediation Verifications
- Abatement Design and Oversight
- Preventative Maintenance Plans
- Asbestos Surveys