Houston is an Ozone Hotspot

WHAT DOES THAT MEAN FOR YOUR BUILDING?

Houston, we have a problem: ozone pollution. If you’ve lived in the city for a while, then you probably know we have an uncomfortable amount of ozone swirling in Houston’s air. In fact, our ozone levels are so high that, on many days, they don’t meet National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). That means the air is considered unhealthy for some people to breathe safely.


Don’t Fall for the Snake Oil Salesmen!

HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM COVID-19 SCAMMERS AND THEIR FAULTY FILTERS

Every industry includes scammers and con artists willing to do anything to make a buck — even with indoor air quality. When the COVID-19 pandemic broke out, these snake oil salesmen jumped on the opportunity to make money off of honest people’s fears.


How to DIY Like a Pro

THE HOME AIR FILTER HACK YOU NEED FOR NEXT FIRE SEASON

Last summer, my daughter, Monica, called me in a panic from her home in Napa, California. Wildfires were raging through the state, and she was struggling with smoke entering her house. For the first three weeks, the wind had been on her side, but after that, it was funneling dirty air directly into her community.


Your Guide to Choosing the Right Air Filter

KEEP THE AIR IN YOUR BUILDING SCRUBBED CLEAN 

Are your building’s energy bills going up unexpectedly? Is your HVAC system malfunctioning? If so, then old, faulty, or inefficient air filters could be to blame.


Is Your School Safe?

5 STEPS TO MEASURING VENTILATION RATES IN YOUR CLASSROOMS

With the threat of COVID-19 hanging over our children and teachers, indoor air quality in schools is more critical now than ever before. 


The Fastest Way to Find Legionella in Your Building

If your building has Legionella in its water, would you want to wait 10–14 days to find out? That’s how long it would take to complete a culture sample, the traditional method to test for Legionella bacteria in a water source. This means that if your building does have a Legionella problem, it could be almost two weeks before you know for sure.


Is Your Building a COVID-19 Hotspot?

NEW TEST DETECTS COVID-19 ON ENVIRONMENTAL SURFACES 

Last month we featured an article about how adenosine triphosphate (ATP) tests can be used to measure the cleanliness of surfaces after cleaning. While ATP tests are effective, they only test for the presence of bacteria and other microorganisms. More recently, a new molecular-based test has been developed by EMSL Analytical, Inc. that is specially designed to detect the presence or absence of the COVID-19 virus on surfaces.


Don’t Fail on the Follow-Through

UTILIZE ATP TESTING IN YOUR BUILDING

For the past several months, cleanliness has taken on a whole new level of importance. Beyond the value of hygiene, during the COVID-19 pandemic, your building’s cleanliness may literally be a matter of life or death. Building owners and property managers are responsible for acting quickly if they learn that someone who has been in their building recently tested positive


Don’t Be Hoodwinked!

WHAT BUILDING OWNERS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MYCOTOXINS

With a number of unsavory individuals overselling their expertise about mycotoxins, this month we want to educate our readers on this topic. Here’s what building owners need to know about mycotoxins, including their potential danger to humans and the best way to remove mycotoxins from your building.


Mold, Fire, and Lead

THE RISK OF LEAD EXPOSURE IN REMEDIATION

For most of human history, lead was a popular material in art and construction, thanks to its extreme malleability and corrosion resistance. Ancient Egyptians used lead for sculptures and pottery glazes. The Greeks lined the hulls of their ships with lead. And the Romans used lead to build their elaborate water systems. Found in everything from roofing to makeup, lead’s widespread use resulted…