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DUCT CLEANING IN COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS

When it comes to duct cleaning, no operating space is exempt, including commercial buildings. Dirt, dust, and debris containing allergens and contaminants love to collect in hidden areas, and commercial buildings have these spaces in spades. The HVAC systems in buildings need


A World Apart

OLYMPIANS, THE DMZ, AND ‘GANGNAM STYLE’

What’s the best trip you’ve ever been on? With the summer months fast approaching, I know a lot of people are looking forward to taking a break and getting away from it all. Over the years, I’ve been on a number of great trips for work and family vacations.


Proactive Intervention Prevents Escalation

WHAT’S ANTIFREEZE DOING IN YOUR BUILDING?

Some time ago, our team was called to the 13th floor of an office building. The receptionist reported smelling a sweet chemical-like odor a few times every week. The scent was so powerful that it made her physically ill.


A Towering Tale

THE STRANGE CASE OF MYSTERIOUS MOLD

When you’re renovating a building, the last thing you want to find is mold. And when you have tenants living there full time — particularly tenants who may be susceptible to greater health risks — you definitely don’t want to find mold.


Who’s Responsible for IAQ?

When it comes to property management or home ownership, one might wonder who is responsible for indoor air quality. In truth, just about everyone has a role to play, including management and tenants.


An App for That

BRINGING IAQ INTO THE 21ST CENTURY

Happy New Year! Don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten what month it is. With the way my business operates, March is the start of our year. This is the time when proactive building owners and property managers call me to walk through their buildings. They say the best defense is a good offense,


The Accidental Terrarium

IS YOUR AHU HIDING UNDISCOVERED LIFE?

When a tenant starts to complain about the indoor air quality of a building, the first thing your IAQ expert will do is examine the air handler units (AHU) in the complaint area. It’s easy to mistake an AHU as clean as a whistle based on outward appearances, but inside the AHU, an entire ecosystem can thrive.


Going for Gold

THIS YEAR, WE’RE ATTENDING THE OLYMPICS!

As you read this, there’s a good chance I’m in South Korea for the 2018 Winter Olympics! You may remember that my eldest daughter, Shelley, is a schoolteacher for the Department of Defense. She’s been teaching third grade on a base in Seoul, South Korea


2018 (Fashion) IAQ Guide

SPOTTED CEILINGS ARE NOT IN VOGUE

Acoustical tiles on the ceiling are as common in commercial buildings as gypsum wallboard or a broken printer. In fact, it’s somewhat unnerving to walk into a commercial building that doesn’t have acoustical tiles overhead! Classic white mineral board tiles


Education is Key

HOW TO KNOW YOU DON’T KNOW SOMETHING

Is there anything more frustrating than having your instructions ignored, especially when someone has asked you to help them solve a problem? Shortly after Hurricane Harvey, we visited a site where one large wall experienced major water damage and threatened the air