usgbc leed v3 microshield indoor air quality iaq john lapotaire florida builder green building real estate hba abc constr: The Home Inspector Mold Test "Buyer Beware" - 01/17/10 02:58 AM
It's time to stop unqualified home inspectors from charging clients for mold testing.  I've followed behind dozens of home inspectors who have charged clients to collect air samples, swab samples, and tape samples just to then hand the client a lab report with no ability to interpret the results.  What are the clients paying for?
The reality is that all AIHA accredited laboratories state "Interpretation and use of test results are the responsibility of the client."  When I turn in samples that I collect, I am the client that the Laboratory is referring to, not the homeowner or the homebuyer - … (1 comments)

usgbc leed v3 microshield indoor air quality iaq john lapotaire florida builder green building real estate hba abc constr: Control of Indoor Air Pollution - 01/16/10 02:21 AM
Basic approaches to control indoor air pollution include source control, source isolation, increased ventilation, dehumidification, and the use of filters (see the table). Possible sources of contamination are eliminated in a source-control strategy. Examples include banning smoking in public buildings, using carefully selected building materials to avoid the emission of toxic or irritating substances, and limiting the use of fibrous materials. Source-isolation strategy is used in situations where a source cannot be completely eliminated. For instance, copy machine areas, food service stations, and bathrooms are often separately vented outside buildings to avoid the recirculation of return air. Existing sources of pollution … (2 comments)

usgbc leed v3 microshield indoor air quality iaq john lapotaire florida builder green building real estate hba abc constr: Causes of Indoor Air Pollution - 01/16/10 01:28 AM
There are a variety of causes of poor indoor air quality. A NISOH study based on over five hundred complaints found that inadequate ventilation and the release of contaminants from indoor and outdoor sources are the primary reasons for indoor air quality problems (see pie chart). Inadequate ventilation may be defined as insufficient air to remove pollutants that are degrading the quality of air. Thus, the air quality in a building is the result of a contest between the pollutants and the ventilation system. Other factors that can aggravate this situation are temperature, humidity, and microbial contamination.
The early shutdown and … (0 comments)

usgbc leed v3 microshield indoor air quality iaq john lapotaire florida builder green building real estate hba abc constr: New guidance for achieving enhanced IAQ now available from ASHRAE - 01/16/10 01:18 AM
New guidance for achieving enhanced IAQ is available from five leading building industry associations and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The Indoor Air Quality Guide: Best Practices for Design, Construction and Commissioning is collaboration between ASHRAE, the American Institute of Architects, the Building Owners and Managers Association International, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors of North America and the U.S. Green Building Council.
The book describes 40 strategies for achieving critical IAQ objectives related to moisture management, ventilation, filtration and air cleaning and source control. It also highlights how design and construction teams can work together … (0 comments)

usgbc leed v3 microshield indoor air quality iaq john lapotaire florida builder green building real estate hba abc constr: What’s in the air you breathe at home? - 07/14/09 07:14 AM
What's in the air you breathe at home?  (part 1 of a 2 part blog)
By John P. Lapotaire, CIEC, MicroShield Environmental Services
Indoor air quality (IAQ) is a hot topic in today's sluggish real estate market.  We find ourselves opening the door to a whole new set of challenges each time we view a home that may have been sitting for awhile.  Questions race through our minds as we turn the key: "Will this home have that healthy home smell? Will it have a musty stale smell? Did they have pets or smoke?" And finally: "What will I have to … (0 comments)

usgbc leed v3 microshield indoor air quality iaq john lapotaire florida builder green building real estate hba abc constr: Are you working in a Healthy Indoor Air Quality Environment? - 07/14/09 06:54 AM
MicroShield IAQ For Buildings and Property Managers
MicroShield Environmental Services specializes in providing Indoor Air Qulity solutions that work. We take into consideration the whole picture, and then provide you as the property owner, options that greatly improve the air quality in your property.
According to the World Health Organization, 30% of buildings experience some form of sick building syndrome. Problems involving mold, mildew, fungi, and bacteria, stale air, poor ventilation, odors, and microbes are commonplace.
For these problems, MicroShield has the solution: a proactive, IAQ and HVAC Management Program.
Many commercial and industrial facilities are faced with the problem of Poor … (0 comments)

usgbc leed v3 microshield indoor air quality iaq john lapotaire florida builder green building real estate hba abc constr: What to Look For in an IAQ Professional - 09/04/08 03:54 AM
What to look for when Hiring an IAQ ConsultantMost of us spend 90% of our time in indoor environments. Indoor air quality (IAQ) issues impact the lives of people across the globe. Problems with poor air quality in buildings and homes can result in health concerns, liability issue, lost productivity, and decreased property values.IAQ problems in non-industrial buildings such as homes, schools and offices are often caused by complex, inter-related issues. Diagnosing and fixing the sources of poor IAQ may require the professional expertise of one or more consultants or contractors. It is important that individuals be highly qualified to fully investigate, identify and/or mitigate … (0 comments)

usgbc leed v3 microshield indoor air quality iaq john lapotaire florida builder green building real estate hba abc constr: MicroShield IAQ & Remodeling - 12/10/07 01:15 AM
Unhealthy Remodeling By-Products
Asbestos Lead-based Paint (see p. 11 for details) Formaldeyde Volatile Organic Compounds You may not have realized that your remodeling project may be creating unhealthy household air.
Q: What remodeling hazards should I be concerned about? A: Asbestos, formaldehyde and other organic solvents, and leaded paint dust are the main ones. These hazardous materials can be released into the air when you remove paint, hang cabinets or disturb other existing products that contain these materials. Paints, stripping and finishing products, and adhesives can also create indoor air pollution. 
Q: By remodeling with products that don't include these hazardous … (2 comments)