Is Your Building Safe Against COVID-19?

OR IS IS AN OUTBREAK WAITING TO HAPPEN? 

The indoor air quality consulting business was pretty slow this summer, mainly because most office buildings have been empty. As things start to reopen, many building owners are looking for ways to protect their tenants when they return to their buildings.


53,540 Degrees Fahrenheit

THE PERFECT STORE

Early this summer, I went through one of the strangest experiences of my life. This may be a weird
statement, considering that we have spent this year grappling with a pandemic. But if 2020 has taught
us anything, it’s that we never know what’s around the corner. There’s always something unexpected
waiting to throw a wrench in our plans —


Smoke, Mirrors, and COVID-19

3 QUESTIONS BUILDING MANAGERS NEED TO BE ASKING

The first half of 2020 brought us some strange and uncertain months. When I look back at our
cruise in February, I’m amazed at the timing. It was just weeks before the COVID-19 virus
became a pandemic. Things have been difficult, and I certainly hope this letter finds you and
your family well. 


A Bunch of Honey

WHEN PSEUDOSCIENCE COMES FOR MYCOTOXINS 

Have you ever walked out of a meeting or a presentation thinking, “What a bunch of hooey!”That’s how quite a few of my colleagues felt —not once, but twice! — after attending presentations on mycotoxins at this year’s Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA) Annual Meeting & Expo. Organizers of this event aim to allow only the best people in their respective fields to present, but sometimes things fall short.


Talk About Timing

CONFERENCES, CRUISES, AND COVID-19

Summer is almost here, and I know many people are planning their summer vacations. I’ve already taken my big vacation this year, and I must say, it was a pretty great trip. This past February, I went on my very first cruise. Talk about timing. To be clear, I booked this trip back in 2019, well before COVID-19 began popping up all over the world.


Hidden Underfoot

THE BEST NAME FOR A CRAWL SPACE DOG

This month, I want to talk about something that has been described to me as the “most terrifying” part of a building: the crawl space. In early February, I got a call from one of my clients asking me to come out to El Paso to do an air quality survey in a building near the border. This job came with a stipulation that I would have to go into the crawl space …


First Rule of (Building Science) Fight Club

LET’S TALK ABOUT IT!

Social media is one of the biggest time wasters humanity has ever invented. You can open an app to check your updates after dinner, and suddenly it’s past midnight! That said, of course I’m on social media. It’s 2020 after all! There are two forms of social media I use: LinkedIn and Instagram. LinkedIn is a good opportunity for me to learn about …


Setting Sail?

WHERE IS TRAVIS THIS MONTH?

In February, things get low. The humidity gets low, the temperature gets low, and the number of occupants’ complaints gets low as well. This means I’m not as busy in February. After the busy year that was 2019, I’m okay with that. A low February means I get to take a vacation.


Particles, Fibers, and Dust, Oh My!

DIAGNOSING AN UNHEALTHY BUILDING WITH AIRBORNE PARTICLE COUNTS

Airborne particles are an often-overlooked aspect of indoor air quality (IAQ). Even among my own peers, particles are rarely a top priority. In this area, I’m an outlier.
When I do indoor air quality surveys, not only do I look at the standard environmental indicators like carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, temperature, and relative humidity, but I also collect airborne particle counts at that time.


Tools of the Trade

WHAT MAKES AN IAQ EXPERT

Technology is only as smart as the person using it. A quality graphing calculator might be able to determine the force needed to break free of the Earth’s gravity, but I’m not a rocket scientist. You could give me the fanciest calculator on the market, but you shouldn’t use any equation I come up with to build rockets. It’s not enough to have a quality piece of equipment; you need
to know how to use it.