Building Health Check

Good indoor air quality (IAQ) in offices and buildings provides a comfortable and healthy environment for the occupants to work and perform their daily activities. Hence, it is important to ascertain the indoor air quality in the working environment.

IAQ audits encompass the monitoring of:

  • Thermal comfort parameters such as operative temperature, relative humidity and air flow;
  • Microbial counts such as bacteria and mold
  • Respirable suspended dust particulates (RSP)
  • Chemical parameters such as concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2), Carbon monoxide (CO), formaldehyde (HCHO), total volatile organic compounds (TVOCs), etc.
  • In addition, it’s important to assess the air exchange rate, ventilation effectiveness and age of air, occupancy patterns and internal loads of the building as well.

Understanding the above IAQ parameters will give a good understanding of your indoor environmental conditions and possibly identify if the environment is affected by Sick Building Syndrome (SBS), Building Related Illness (BRI), or is well maintained.

Sick Building Syndrome and Building-Related Illness

The term “Sick Building Syndrome” (SBS) is used to describe situations in which building occupants experience acute health effects that appear to be linked to time spent in a building, but no specific illness or cause can be identified.

The complaints may be localized to a particular room area or zone, or may be widespread throughout the building.

In contrast, the term “Building Related Illness” (BRI) is used when symptoms of diagnosable illnesses are identified and can be attributed directly to presence of airborne building contaminants.

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