RTP provides a wide range of indoor air quality services. These include surveys to help resolve complaints raised by employees who may be suffering building-related symptoms such as respiratory distressed allergic reactions more than usual colds and comfort-related complaints such as too hot, too cold or too dry.
RTP can assist you with any number of indoor air quality issues. As noted above, activities associated with indoor air are often initiated in response to complaints from inhabitants of the space. RTP has a number of experts that can provide guidance for determining potential patterns to complaints and appropriate recordkeeping actions. Once initial troubleshooting and analysis is complete, RTP’s team of environmental professionals will help to determine and develop the most cost-effective and useful sampling protocol, if necessary. RTP uses sampling methods approved by regulatory agencies and the AIHA to provide information on levels of mold, spores and bacteria or air toxins which can create conditions under which discomfort and complaints can arise. RTP also records ambient conditions such as temperature, humidity and carbon dioxide levels. These are indicators that can relate to problems in buildings. The CO2 level is an indicator as to adequacy of fresh air supply. Inadequate fresh air is a leading cause of indoor air quality problems since lack of fresh air can allow concentrations of mold, spores, bacteria, and toxic substances to increase to levels that can be annoying or dangerous.
RTP project experience shows that solutions are sometimes as simple as increasing the ratio of fresh air to a building space by adjusting damper settings. Other times, solutions are more complex, requiring the r-balancing of HVAC systems, cleaning ducts, replacing filters, and other maintenance fixes. If an outside environmental factor is found to be at fault, RTP can recommend a solution based on our years of environmental experience. RTP can also assist with negotiations with landlords, building maintenance representatives and others, as necessary.