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    Project and Problem Definition in Building Air Quality Investigations

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    Building air quality investigations can involve a variety of organizational interests and technical interactions that are not always recognized by those requesting an investigation. In order to be effective, field investigators must determine if the parties who are responsible for and affected by a problem building understand the complexity and subtlety of the potential causes, and, if they do not, be prepared to provide education and a frame of reference to help them to approach a common level of understanding. A general approach is needed for the preparation of the managers and occupants of commercial buildings for involvement in an indoor air quality investigation.

    A common difficulty is an initial lack of appreciation of the range of interests, causes, interactions, and responsibilities which can be involved in the investigation and solution of an indoor air quality problem. These issues are discussed and outlines are presented for use in project and problem definition.


    building air quality, building investigations, indoor air quality, methodology, monitoring, protocols

    Author Information:

    Allard, PF
    Technical Director, Scott, Allard, and Bohannan, Inc., Phoenix,

    Committee/Subcommittee: D22.05

    DOI: 10.1520/STP10146S