“The module on Scent-Free Buildings provided clear information to setup a scent free policy within a building”- Alberta Government- Infrastructure Department- Interior Designer.
“All modules contained clear and useful information to help us better operate our buildings”- Alberta Government- Infrastructure Department- Facilities Manager.
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The goal of the Canadian Committee on Indoor Air Quality and Buildings is to improve indoor air quality in buildings and, ultimately, the health of occupants, by providing a national forum and clearinghouse for ‘best-of-knowledge’ information on the design and operations of buildings as they affect indoor air quality.
Its mandate is to:
- solicit and review relevant information;
- identify gaps and issues;
- provide discussion forum;
- recommend studies;
- develop “best-of-knowledge” positions and best practices;
- disseminate knowledge;
- promote adoption of uniform requirements, best practices and guidelines for the design and operation of buildings; and
- provide guidance for evaluation of solutions and technologies.
School Indoor Air Quality
Problem: A northern Alberta school was experiencing a strong periodic sewer-like gas smell that made students and staff sick. An investigation of the air handling unit found the humidification drain line to be dirty with a similar odour. When the unit ran, odorous air was drawn from the drain line into the air unit and caused the school odour.
Solution: Replacing the drain line eliminated the sewer-like gas smell.
McMaster University has implemented a plan that will result in a 20% reduction in energy and water use by 2018 with associated cost savings to exceed $2.6M. The aggressive strategy is looking at every opportunity to replace or upgrade older equipment, tap sources for co-generation and heat recovery and make greater use of renewable energies. Dr. Mohamed Attalla, Assistant Vice President of Facility Services at McMaster will be presenting the plan at the annual conference of CAUBO, June 15-18 in Hamilton, Ontario.
Western Pennsylvania K-12 schools will benefit from a new partnership aimed at improving environmental health conditions. Funded by the Heinz Endowments, the initiative will provide hands-on assistance and expertise to districts, while offering limited financial support for equipment, supplies and staff time for program implementation. See http://www.newpittsburghcourieronline.com/index.php/youth/12955-healthy-schools-cleaning-up-local-districts
A recent review of how climate change could affect indoor air quality offers a fresh insight into the potential adverse public-health impacts of climate change. The author, William Nazaroff of the University of California said: “Attention is skewed and outdoor issues get much more attention than indoor issues. The research community needs to be reminded that the air around us indoors matters as much as, or even more than, outdoor air.” Nazaroff’s paper is part of the ERL Focus on Environmental Assessments in the Built Environment.
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“One of my Building Technicians just reported to me that because of your site he was able solve a problem that we have had for a number of years. The velocity with one of our fans is too great which is why we have water being carried over into the ducts.”