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Monday, September 22, 2014

Indoor Air Quality, What Is That?

One phrase that has been seen more in the modular building industry lately is "indoor Air Quality". What does that really mean?
Indoor air quality (IAQ) simply refers to the air quality within modular and traditional constructed buildings and structures. IAQ usually relates to the health and comfort of building occupants. IAQ can be affected by gases (including carbon monoxide, radon, volatile organic compounds), particulates, microbial contaminants (mold, bacteria), or any mass or energy stressor that can induce adverse health conditions. In most cases buildings being utilized for classroom or office use can be brought up to current standards by updating fresh air standards. Some occupants can be sensitive to the gases in a building (traditional or modular), and need special corrections.

When a project is LEED the category this usually falls under is Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ). This is only one of the categories, that LEED uses as a standard to provide comfort, well-being, and productivity of the building occupants. The LEED IEQ category helps address design and construction guidelines pertaining to: indoor air quality (IAQ), thermal quality, and lighting quality.

Proper building ventilation, fresh air, windows, natural & electric lighting, VOC or gas emissions, all fall under the environmental conditions inside a modular or traditional structure.

For more information on proper indoor air quality levels and design contact our team:
Modular Solutions, Ltd
Phone: 800-441-8577 x 1

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