Managing Indoor Air Quality / Edition 4

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Finding solutions to indoor air quality problems is often a complex, multifaceted endeavor. This practical desk reference serve as a guide and information resource — both on treating existing indoor air problems effectively — and on preventing costly IAQ problems from occurring in the first place. A single discipline approach unfortunately tends to narrow both the control and the treatments options. This book cuts across professions to offer those concerned with the total facility a broader, more comprehensive approach to managing indoor air quality and mitigating indoor air quality problems. The third edition is extensively updated and edited in response to the rapid pace of changes and advances in the IAQ industry.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781420071559
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/30/2008
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 350
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix

1 Indoor Air Quality: An Overview-Where Are We? 1

The Building as a Habitat

When Buildings Become Sickening

Why Now?

Humane Concerns

Economic Issues

Legal Implications

Indoor Air Pollutants

Treating the Problem

IAQ Controls

Investigation Headaches

Environmental Medicine

The Management Challenge

2 Indoor Air Quality in Retrospect: How Did We Get Here? 15

IAQ in Antiquity

Body Odor & Tobacco Smoke: Factors of Transition

IAQ Today

Summary: What Does All This Mean?

3 Classifying Indoor Air Problems: What Kind and How Big a Problem Do We Have? 27

Sick Building Syndrome & Building Related Illness

SBS Symptomatology

Building Related Illness Diagnosis

Putting Health Information to Work

Contaminants & Their Sources

Environmental Conditions

Psychological & Ergonomic Factors

Health, Contaminants & Environmental Factors

4 Investigating Indoor Air Quality Problems: How to Find Out What Went Wrong 71

Investigation Procedures

Measures of Acceptability

Investigation Difficulties

Selecting a Diagnostic Team

5 Controlling Indoor Air Problems: How to Keep the Building Working Well 115

Toxicity & Hazard

Measuring Contaminants


Special Control Considerations

Control Evaluation & Monitoring

Control by Contaminant

6 The Thermal Environment: An Internal Habitat 145

Comfort & Health


Relative Humidity

Humidity & ASHRAE 62


Ventilation Limitations

First, Check the HVAC System

Ventilation & Energy Efficiency

7 HVAC: The Heart of the System 165

HVAC Design

Inspecting the HVAC System

HVAC Operations & Maintenance

HVAC IAQOpportunities

Outdoor Air Intake

Mixing Plenum

Water & Air Distribution Systems

Water Systems

Air Systems

Heating/Cooling Plants

8 Filtration: Understanding an Underutilized Asset 191

History of Filters

Applying Filtration

Basic Principles of Air Cleaning

Particulate Filtration

Testing and Rating Methods for Particulate Filters

Gas Phase Filtration

Application of Filtration

9 Building Security and Safety: Readying Your Building for "Extrordinary" Environmental Stress 223

"9/11" Changed the World

The Rules Have Not Changed

Assessment Guidance

Checklist for CB Hardening Preparations

Filtration is an Important Building Security Tool

10 Operations & Maintenance: An Ounce of Prevention 241

Inherited "Energy Crisis" Problems

The High Cost of Neglected Maintenance

Operation & Maintenance: The Key IAQ Ingredient

Preventive Maintenance for Quality Indoor Air

Putting It All Together

Poor Maintenance by Design

Maintenance Fallacies that Work Against Productive Environments

11 Management Procedures: The Soft Side of IAQ Success 261

Complaint Response

Complaint Response Procedures

Management by Complaint

Developing an IAQ Program


The IAQ Manager

Management Plan

IAQ Resource Notebook

Management Concerns

Economic Factors

Legal Matters-Specific Policy Issues

Securing Consultant Services

Education & Training

Communication in IAQ Management

12 What "They" Say from Whence Does My Help Cometh? 287

ASHRAE 62, Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality

Ventilation Rate Procedure

Air Quality Procedure

Acceptable Air Quality

Revision Activity

Where to Next?

Appendix A Glossary of Acronyms and Abbreviations 299

Appendix B Glossary of Terms 301

Appendix C Selected Resources and References 311

Appendix D Investigation Forms 335

Appendix E Guidance Checklist for Design Documentation 351

Index 353

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