Three ways to avoid indoor air quality issues

Building construction is a difficult process involving months of design,
planning and hard work. Building work often gets delayed and extended when the quality
is found to be sub-standard and below the expectations of the building owner or
occupants.

Indoor air quality is one of the most common building problems reported in
bad constructions. Also referred to as the ‘sick building syndrome’, the issue may
be associated with problems in the heating, ventilation or air conditioning
systems causing unmonitored levels of carbon monoxide or carbon
dioxide to leak into the building atmosphere and trigger illness.

A 1984 World Health Organisation report suggested that up to 30 per cent
of all new and remodelled buildings could contain air quality problems.

There are three ways building construction teams can avoid this
situation:

The right materials

Using the right building materials is an assured way to avoid creating a
potentially dangerous and unhealthy environment. Over time, moisture and
contaminants from building materials can seep into the living space, which when
mixed with cooking and washing emissions can cause many health issues.

Designers, architects and specifiers should also consider the physical
environment when choosing building materials. For instance, when constructing
in Australia’s vast hot and tropical climates, it will be useful to do some
research before specifying brick, wood or any other building material as the most
suitable for the occupant’s health in the long term.

The right personnel

The second consideration for building teams to ensure healthy indoor air
quality is to have the best people on the job, especially when installing heating,
ventilation or air conditioning systems, which demand both training and correct
technique to get the installation right.

Using unqualified installers will potentially lead to equipment
malfunction or failure, which will not only affect the company financially but
also harm their reputation.

The right tools

Employing the right tools is the third way for construction teams to
avoid costly delays and stress during the building process. The installation of
air quality systems should be followed by testing and double checking of the installed
equipment using the correct testing tools.

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