Wednesday, October 29, 2014

EPA Guidance Helps Improve, Protect Indoor Air Quality During School Renovations

A new guidance from EPA helps protect and improve indoor air quality (IAQ) in schools during building renovations, upgrades and energy efficiency upgrades. The document, "Energy Savings Plus Health: Indoor Air Quality Guidelines for School Building Upgrades," addresses 23 issues and contaminants that are usually associated with building upgrades, which include moisture control, mold, asbestos and exhaust ventilation. EPA says the guide also covers topics such as lead, building products and materials emissions, and outdoor air ventilation.

The guidance aims to help school facility managers, building operators and risk managers prevent and control harmful conditions that may occur during construction activities. As EPA reports, both IAQ and energy management are important considerations during such projects.