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Indoor Environmental Quality

Development of Indoor Environmental Management Plans for Office Buildings, Retail Space, and Public Buildings

By | Case Study, Indoor Environmental Quality

The Phylmar Group, Inc. The Phylmar Group, Inc. has developed, and assisted in the implementation of, a indoor environmental quality management plans (IEQMP) for office buildings, retail space, and public buildings. These plans are designed to help prevent indoor environmental quality (IEQ) issues and resolve such issues promptly if they do arise. The plans are intended to integrate indoor air…

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An Indoor Air Quality Evaluation at a southern California Junior High School

By | Case Study, Indoor Environmental Quality

The Phylmar Group, Inc. An insurance carrier retained the Phylmar Group, Inc. to investigate a number of indoor air quality complaints at a southern California junior high school following the filing of 25 worker’s compensation claims and a $900,000 tort claim by a student. A series of faculty interviews were conducted along with an evaluation of the school’s heating, ventilation,…

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Investigation of a Breast Cancer Cluster in an Office Building

By | Case Study, Indoor Environmental Quality

The Phylmar Group, Inc. The Phylmar Group, Inc. was retained by a major clothing manufacturer to investigate a cluster of seven breast cancer cases in an office complex as part of an indoor environmental quality evaluation. Walkthrough surveys were conducted in the buildings. Facility maintenance personnel were interviewed, and records were examined to understand operation and maintenance procedures used in…

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Indoor Air Quality Evaluation of Microbiological Contamination at a Retail Site

By | Case Study, Indoor Environmental Quality

The Phylmar Group, Inc. An indoor air quality evaluation was performed for a major real property developer and manager to investigate a series of complaints lodged by several tenant employees at one of the firm’s large southern California retail facilities. The complaints included eye, throat and respiratory irritation; headaches and dizziness; and allergic reactions and bronchitis. The employees stated that…

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Effective Strategies for Avoiding and Coping with Indoor Environmental Quality Problems

By | Article, Indoor Environmental Quality

INTRODUCTION People have had concerns about indoor environmental quality (“IEQ”) and workplace-related illnesses for decades. However, in the 1980s and 1990s, the general public has become much more sensitive to these issues and much more demanding with respect to their indoor environment. At the same time, the indoor environmental quality in many buildings has declined due to the increased use…

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Indoor Air Quality Evaluation of a Building Located on a Superfund Site

By | Case Study, Indoor Environmental Quality

The Phylmar Group, Inc. The Phylmar Group, Inc. performed an indoor air quality evaluation for an automobile industry client, based in southern California, who was planning to move approximately 600 employees from its current location to a location within a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency designated Superfund site. The sampling plan was developed to address employee concerns regarding potential chemical exposure…

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California School Districts – Indoor Air Quality

By | Case Study, Indoor Environmental Quality

Iris Environmental Iris Environmental has been providing support to a major southern California School District to evaluate indoor air quality impacts surrounding the use of portable classrooms. The project has included designing a statistically based air-monitoring program to determine the levels of chemicals and molds that may be attributable to the portable classrooms. Working closely with members of a Technical…

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Establishing Acceptability Criteria for Indoor Air Pollutants

By | Case Study, Indoor Environmental Quality

The Phylmar Group, Inc. worked with a school district’s environmental safety committee to establish indoor air quality acceptability criteria for students, faculty, and staff in the district. While no formal indoor air quality regulations exist that take into consideration sensitive receptors such as children, the consultant was able to draw upon risk assessment data used in other situations (e.g., hazardous…

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Health Evaluation for Public Library Employees Exposed to Microbiological Contamination

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The Phylmar Group, Inc. During the 1994 southern California Northridge earthquake, a public library sustained considerable water damage to its book collection resulting from ruptured fire sprinklers. The books sat water logged for several weeks until clean up could be performed. The library also had a history of water damage from a leaking roof and several building design flaws. Shortly…

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