Keeping in Mind IAQ Design and Build Fundamentals in a COVID-centric World


“All it takes is a sneeze. Whether you’re working at home or in an office, that simple sound triggers a response. For most people, it goes something like this: “Hmm, maybe it’s just a winter allergy. No, that sounded more like a cold. What if there’s a fever? How do I know if it’s the flu or COVID-19? How do I know those germs aren’t spreading through the HVAC system?”  

Fortunately, there are multiple rating systems and certifications already available to help guide the design and construction of buildings that support occupant health, whether during a pandemic or not.”

Why Is Indoor Air Quality Important?


While most office-workers have been working from home for much of this year, there is a slow but growing trend towards opening office spaces for limited numbers of employees to gather and collaborate. Employers recognize the value of in-person meetings for building stronger teams and sparking innovation. Of course, going into the office during a pandemic is quite different. We now know that COVID-19 spreads through respiratory droplets and aerosols that are produced through talking and breathing.

Checklist: How to Improve & Manage Indoor Air Quality in Office Environments


When considering office ergonomics, “invisible” indoor environmental quality (IEQ) factors such as indoor air quality, daylight and views, acoustics, etc., can be easily overlooked.

In this blog, we have a handy checklist for achieving and maintaining optimum indoor air quality so you can help your employees breathe easier, sooner.

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SCS Global Services Approves VITO to Conduct VOC Emissions Testing for its Indoor Air Quality Certifications

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EMERYVILLE, Calif. and MOL, Belgium, May 22, 2017 /3BL Media/– SCS Global Services (SCS), a trusted international leader in third-party environmental and sustainability certification, has partnered with VITO, a premier independent research and technology organisation based in Mol, Belgium, to provide volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions testing for the SCS Indoor Advantage™, SCS Indoor Advantage™ Gold,

Developing Tools to Measure IAQ

We know high-performance buildings can lead to problems with IAQ, so researchers are working on ways to solve the issues.

A better building envelope and improved ventilation systems are important first steps in improving the problem. But without knowing exactly how good or bad air quality inside a home actually is, these problems can’t be measured. That’s why the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is working to develop an IAQ scoring tool.  

The scorer will function much like a HERS score. It will take a series of measurements conducted by a third party to determine the home’s IAQ rating.

Alliance Urges Builders to Help Prevent Asthma with Proper Home Seal

America’s consumers, businesses and builders are urged to assist in the prevention of asthma and asthma related attacks through the use of responsible building materials and reduction of fossil fuel consumption in homes and commercial buildings.

The SPFA, a building materials association, is urging American consumers and builders to assist in asthma prevention through the use of responsible insulation materials.

With 26 million Americans affected (including more than 7 million children) with the chronic condition, the alliance seeks to educate all on real impact quality building materials can have on prevention.

Easy Steps to an Allergen-Free Home

Tried-and-true ways to greatly reduce allergens in your home.
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May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month and with that indoor pollution takes the stage as one of the most common problems addressed by allergists.

This free Ebook will give you 9 Tips For An Allergen-Free House as well as pointers and benefits for installing central vacuum units in your new or retrofit projects.

Download the Ebook on Steps to an Allergen-Free Home.

SCS Global Services Approves eco-INSTITUT as Testing Partner for VOC Emissions

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EMERYVILLE, Calif., and COLOGNE, Germany, May 2, 2016 /3BL Media/ - SCS Global Services (SCS), a trusted leader in third-party environmental and sustainability certification, has partnered with eco-INSTITUT, a leading provider of product emissions and chemical testing based in Cologne, Germany.

Cradle to Cradle Choices for Builders and Architects Expand

The number of Cradle to Cradle certified products in the built environment category grew by 36 percent last year.

Architects and designers have even more options than ever to specify healthy, safe products, as the Cradle to Cradle Certified program continues to expand.

Why Homeowners Don’t Use Range Hoods—and Why They Should

Home occupants are not using range hoods to control moisture, but “smart” range hoods will do this task automatically.

Controlling moisture build-up in the home is one of the most important strategies for ensuring healthy indoor air. A continually moist environment harbors biological pollutants such as mold and dust mites, which can trigger asthma and other respiratory illnesses. Regular use of kitchen exhaust ventilation systems can help control moisture, yet, according to a study published by the Forum for Family and Consumer Issues (FFCI), most people don’t use range hoods for moisture control, but for other issues, such as smoke and odors.


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