What Is IAQ

Enviroaire is Lafayette, Louisiana's leading authority on indoor air quality, or IAQ. Just living daily life means we expose ourselves to environmental pollutants that present varying risk. Indoor air pollution is one risk that we can do something about.


Business and Home

Factors

IAQ deals with the content of interior air that affects the health and comfort of its occupants, and can be negatively impacted by a number of factors including microbial contaminants (mold or bacteria), allergens (dust mites, pet dander, pollen, etc.), and chemicals (VOCs, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, etc.). The current methods to improve IAQ in buildings include filtration, source control, and the use of ventilation to dilute contaminants.

Determination

Methods for characterizing IAQ include collection of samples of air, surface, swab, dust, and water. The results of these allow technicians to determine possible sources and strategize to remove specific contaminants from interior air.

What It Means To Be CMC/CIE Certified

The Council-Certified Microbial Consultant (CMC) and Indoor Environmentalist (CIE) designations imply the holder has earned the most respected certifications in the field of indoor microbial environmental consulting. These certifications are accredited by the Council for Engineering and Scientific Specialty Boards (CESB), a nationally recognized independent accreditation body. IAQ Council certifications are the only designations in indoor air quality to earn CESB accreditation.

Required Credentials

• Possess At Least Eight Years of Verifiable Field Experience in Microbial & Indoor Environmental Consulting
• Pass Rigorous, Psychometrically-Related Examinations Based On Broad Industry Knowledge
• Earn Unanimous Approval Of CMC/CIE Certification Board
• Recertify Every Two Years With Minimum Of 20 Hours' Professional Development Activities Per Year
• Maintain High Ethical Standards


Typical Source of Indoor Air Pollutants

SOURCES

TYPES

Outside Sources Polluted Outdoor Air: Pollen, dust, fungal spores, industrial emissions, and vehicle emissions
Nearby Sources: Loading docks, odors from dumpsters, and unsanitary debris or building exhausts near outdoor air intakes
Underground Sources: Pesticides, radon, and leakage from underground storage tanks

Building Equipment HVAC Equipment: Microbiological growth in drip pans, ductwork, coils, and humidifiers; improper venting of combustion products; and dust or debris in ductwork
Non-HVAC equipment: Emissions from office equipment (volatile organic compounds, ozone), and emissions from shops, labs, cleaning processes

Component/Furnishing Components: Microbiological growth on soiled or water-damaged materials; dry traps that allow the passage of sewer gas; materials containing volatile organic compounds, or damaged asbestos; and materials that produce particles (dust)
Furnishings: Emissions from new furnishings and floorings, and microbiological growth on or in solid or water-damaged furnishings.

Other Indoor Sources Science laboratories; vocational arts areas; copy/print areas; food prep areas; smoking lounges; cleaning materials; emissions from trash; pesticides; odors and volatile organic compounds from paint, chalk, and adhesives; occupants with communicable disease; dry-erase markers and similar pens; insects and other pets; and personal care products.