Schools across Texas & the Gulf Coast Review New EPA IAQ Guidance
Indoor Environmental Consultants (IEC) provides air quality testing and consulting services to identify and resolve problems and concerns in schools.
Energy efficiency and healthy IAQ can be achieved together, but if these types of projects are not implemented properly, building occupants could be exposed to elevated levels of carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, mold, bacteria, particulates, lead, asbestos, mercury, PCBs, volatile organic compounds or other pollutants.
In October, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released new guidance to help school districts protect indoor air quality (IAQ) while increasing energy efficiency during school renovation projects.
“This guidance provides common-sense solutions for improving energy efficiency and indoor air quality in schools across the country,” said Janet McCabe, Acting Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation. “By using these guidelines, school districts can cut their energy bills and help ensure that students have a healthy and safe learning environment.”
Ensuring the IAQ and energy management of schools are both important considerations for administrators and facility managers during energy upgrades, retrofits and remodeling projects. Those in decision making positions can protect student and faculty health by addressing both of these goals holistically.
“School construction and renovation projects can create dust, introduce new contaminants and contaminant pathways, create or aggravate moisture problems, and result in ventilation issues that can quickly impact the indoor environment and a student’s ability to learn,” said Hollis L. Horner, President, Indoor Environmental Consultants, Inc. “Energy efficiency and healthy IAQ can be achieved together, but if these types of projects are not implemented properly, building occupants could be exposed to elevated levels of carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, mold, bacteria, particulates, lead, asbestos, mercury, PCBs, volatile organic compounds or other pollutants.”
For more than a decade, school districts across Texas and the Gulf Coast have turned to Indoor Environmental Consultants to prevent, investigate and resolve indoor air quality issues. Their experts have successfully completed thousands of cases involving fungal, bacterial and chemical contamination concerns.
To learn more about IEC and healthy indoor environments in schools and other buildings, please visit www.iecinc.net, email email@example.com or call (877) 432-8378.
About Indoor Environmental Consultants, Inc.
IEC began operations in 2001 with some of the nation’s most seasoned professional indoor air quality consultants who already had over 70 years of combined experience. The indoor environmental quality firm specializes in field investigations and assessments of commercial, institutional and residential buildings. Their services, related to fungal (mold), chemical, bacterial, asbestos and particulate pollutants, are offered throughout Texas, the Gulf Coast and the Southwest. IEC is licensed by the Texas Department of State Health Services as a mold assessment company (ACO0114) and an asbestos consultant agency (100329).
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