Category: Indoor Air Quality

Hurricane Rita – 10 Years Later Part 1

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Hurricane Rita – 10 Years Later Like many of you, we lived through Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita, but we also worked to help Building Owners and Contractors in the aftermath of both storms. Most of our work was mold related, but we did a fair amount of asbestos work as a result of Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita. Our work ranged from Pascagoula, Mississippi, all the way to southwest Louisiana. We worked…

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Hurricane Katrina – 10 Years Later Part 1

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Hurricane Katrina – 10 Years Later, Part 1 We’ll soon observe 10 years since Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita affected the region. I’ve thought of the storms every once in a while, but a little less as time passes. Soon we’ll be inundated with stories retelling what happened in August 2005 and in the years since. Like many of you, we lived through Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita, but we also worked to…

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Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita – 10 Years Later

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Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita – 10 Years Later To say that 2015 is moving along pretty quickly is an understatement. One thing that may have slipped past many of us, like the rapid passage of time, is the fact that we’ll soon observe 10 years since Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita affected the region. Over the past couple of weeks I’d thought of the storms from time to time,…

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What Do You Do When Your Environmental Consultant Quits?

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What Do You Do When Your Environmental Consultant Quits? If you’re like me, you’re not too fond of change. At the very least, not fond of big changes. I like being comfortable – who doesn’t? One area where facility owners, managers, and project designers all like to be comfortable is with their environmental consultant. So when you find a good environmental consultant and you enjoy working with them, you like…

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LSU Football Coach Les Miles and Indoor Air Quality – Both Are Under Appreciated

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What do Les Miles and Indoor Air Quality Have in Common? In today’s Baton Rouge Advocate, Scott Rabalais wrote an article telling Les Miles to take the Michigan head football coaching job (if Michigan makes the offer). I’m not a sports writer or accomplished football analyst, and I’m not going to pretend to be either. But the numbers for Les Miles are pretty impressive. Miles is 103-28 in 10 seasons,…

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How Does Workplace Lighting Affect Building Occupants?

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Too much or too little workplace lighting can affect worker productivity and the bottom line. And now, the last installment in this mini-series of workplace environmental problems – workplace lighting. As facility owners, managers, designers, and contractors, we’re asked to walk the fine line between providing enough light and saving energy. And as many of you are aware, that’s not necessarily the easiest thing to do. We need lighting for…

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How Do Workplace Smells Impact Indoor Air Quality and Our Bottom Line?

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Sensitivity to workplace smells and fragrances is a growing problem. In my last post, I discussed the possibility that noise problems in the workplace may become the new mold, in the sense that those of us who design, build, manage, and maintain indoor spaces may have to deal with complex noise issues. Next up, workplace smells and fragrances. Many may laugh at the idea that workplace smells or fragrances can…

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Is Brick Bad For Your Building

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Brick leaks! Why Brick is a relatively new building material. It’s only been in use for about 9,000 years. We’ve graduated from full brick walls to brick veneer walls—and started the bulk of our brick problems. Having said that, brick is really good stuff. So why do some new brick buildings have problems now Well, it seems that we’ve forgotten what our grandfathers knew. We changed how we installed brick…

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Indoor Noise – the Next Mold?

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Indoor Noise – the Next Mold? I thought I would give you all a break from my analysis of movies from the 70’s and 80’s and introduce what may seem to be an unusual series of topics. I’m talking about workplace environmental stressors – or in plain English, stuff that annoys us while we’re inside. The first topic is indoor noise. Usually we may focus on construction related noise or other…

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Preventing Mold & Moisture Problems From Recurring, Costing You Money, & Wasting Your Time

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Prevent Recurring Problems – don’t waste time and money dealing with the same problem over and over again. Recur is defined as “to occur again, periodically, or repeatedly.” In our mold and moisture work, we see many instances where mold and moisture problems recur. Why is that? As it turns out, there are many reasons. A lot of these reasons have to do with complicated physics – the Second Law…

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