Maintaining Air Quality in Large Office Buildings

What is Indoor Air Quality?

Indoor air quality (IAQ) refers to the quality of the air inside facilities, as represented by concentrations of pollutants and thermal conditions. These conditions can affect the health, comfort, and performance of your building’s occupants.

What are the most common causes of indoor air quality problems?

The most common causes of indoor air quality problems in buildings include factors like:

  • Not enough ventilation, lack of fresh outdoor air, or infiltration of contaminated air
  • Poor upkeep of HVAC systems
  • Dampness and moisture damage due to leaks, flooding, or high humidity

Why is indoor air quality important to building managers?

Buildings exist to protect people from the elements and support occupants’ activity. Buildings should never make people sick, cause them discomfort, or inhibit their ability to perform their duties. How efficiently a building functions is, in part, a measure of your building’s overall performance.

The growing spread of chemical pollutants in many commercial products, the inclination toward tighter building construction constraints, the bad habit of reduced ventilation to save on energy costs and management pressures to defer maintenance and other building services to reduce costs have all come together to cause air quality problems in countless buildings. Occupant complaints of odors, stale air and symptoms of illness or discomfort can also cause conflicts between occupants and building managers.

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