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Lighting Audit Odor Remediation
Energy Efficiency Audit Indoor Environmental Consulting
Mold Inspection and Testing Air Purification
Healthy & Mold Free Construction Consulting Water Purification

 

 

LIGHTING AUDIT Commercial Services

 

Includes review of current lighting systems and controls in all buildings, outbuildings, and for parking lots and outside walkways. Recommendations include specific equipment and measures for

A. Increasing efficacy of lighting by changing to more energy-efficient lighting systems,

B. Increasing the quality of light in regards to color temperature, color rendering index, as well as photopic vs. scotopic lumens,

C. Increasing controls more closely linked to occupancy and ambient light as well as,

D. Increasing use of daylighting. There is no charge for this service within 60 miles of Grand Rapids Michigan.

A residential lighting audit will include most of the above components in some form or other but will be less extensive.

 

 

ENERGY EFFICIENCY AUDIT

A commercial/institutional audit typically consists of the following:

1. Review of current lighting systems and controls in all buildings, outbuildings, and for parking lots and outside walkways. Recommendations include specific equipment and measures for

A. Increasing efficacy of lighting by changing to more energy-efficient lighting systems,

B. Increasing the quality of light in regards to color temperature, color rendering index, as well as photopic vs. scotopic lumens,

C. Increasing controls more closely linked to occupancy and ambient light as well as,

D. Increasing use of daylighting.

2. Electrical systems review looks at costs incurred for exceeding maximum kW demand and not meeting minimum power factor requirements by local utility, and makes recommendations for specific equipment and measures to avoid paying these charges, if any. Other recommendations may be made as well.

3. Review of domestic hot water systems, current energy management systems and procedures (if any), related to generation and use of hot water/steam, and boiler/water heater maintenance programs designed to reduce energy use.

4. HVAC system audit evaluates Energy Utilization Index (EUI), includes a review of all associated systems, as well as use of HRV/ERVs and other energy recovery equipment, and procedures. Recommendations include equipment and methods to decrease energy use and maximize efficiency of energy used.

5. Review of building envelope and associated building systems as well as looking at EUI, building integrity and degree of outside air infiltration, U-value of windows and R value of existing insulation.
The audit team typically consists of the following types of members: Licensed electrician & electrical engineer Licensed plumber & mechanical contractor including HVAC contractor Licensed builder Energy management consultant Other types of engineers and consultants as indicated by the scope of the audit. Audit team members may be present for the on-site inspection or may serve in a consulting or advisory capacity, as needed. A residential energy audit will include many of the above components in some form or other but will be less extensive and less expensive.

 

 

MOLD INSPECTION & TESTINGResidential Services

1. Interview with collection of the following information: building repairs and remodeling history, history of water intrusion and plumbing leaks and their location, occupant health complaints.

2. Visual inspection both inside and out. Evaluation of building envelope and integrity (including roof), site inspection including grading, vegetation in proximity to building and exterior sources of water and how they are handled. Inside inspection includes visible plumbing, underside of (visually accessible) roof decking , foundation and all penetrations of the building envelope that are visible without removal of building components such as drywall, carpeting, etc.

3. Diagnostic testing: this includes the following types of samples being collected and sent to a licensed and certified laboratory for culture and microscopic analysis (qualitative & quantitative):

A. Air-O-Cell Sampling—in this process we collect particulate from the air to get a comparison count between the indoor air and the outdoor air. This method does not evaluate the viability of the spores collected.

B. Impaction Sampling—this process uses gravity or pressure to plate a petri dish with airborne particulate and then incubate for the laboratory to identify. This method only represents a small sample of the entire indoor air environment.

C. EnviroSWAB™ Sampling—this is an effective way of collecting “dust” which includes viable mold spores, plate them to a petri dish, and have the laboratory identify and count the number of live colony forming units (cfu). This method recognizes only the viable mold that has settled out in the location where it has been collected.

D. EnviroTAPE™ Sampling—where visible mold is present, this tape lift method allows the laboratory to identify and count the number of dead or live colony forming units (cfu). This method does not recognize viability of mold growth only the presence of mold.

E. Bulk Sampling—occasionally we determine that specific construction materials or other items require laboratory testing to identify and count the number of either dead or live colony forming units (cfu). This method does not recognize viability of mold growth only the presence of mold. Moisture level testing - Moisture Meter readings can add to your understanding of the indoor environment. The moisture meter we use is a Wagner BI-2200 which is a non-penetrating meter designed to recognize moisture content of construction materials that have been tested. It utilizes electromagnetic wave technology to read moisture levels up to 3/4" in concrete. The general rule of thumb in our industry is that moisture content in construction materials in excess of 17% may indicate a moisture problem. Since we are often unable to test in wall cavities, attics, or other non-visible locations, we can only draw limited conclusions about the moisture of any area tested. These conclusions, however, may be included in our over-all assessment and evaluation of the IAQ/Mold Profile in your environment. Clearance testing - following remediation it is recommended that clearance testing is performed to determine the effectiveness of the remediation and biocide application. This must be completed prior to beginning any work to restore areas that have been remediated. Clearance testing resulting in 100% "no growth" reports from the lab qualifies for a "Certificate of Sanitization" documenting successful remediation of the mold.

4. Written report - all of the above information is combined in a comprehensive report that includes photos which are provided in a digital, electronic format for easy download to your computer, complete with detailed recommendations for repairs and remediation/abatement. Our recommendations are in accordance with standards established by NORMI™(National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspectors) and have proven to be successful in substantially improving indoor air quality throughout the United States.

 

 

 

HEALTHY & MOLD-FREE CONSTRUCTION CONSULTING

Consulting will include, but is not limited to:

1. On-site review of proposed building sites to determine suitability for meeting specific criteria for proposed building.

2. Meeting with builder and client in early discussion of design considerations to provide input and feedback about design & systems needs, and to coordinate necessary activities so as to streamline the design and construction process. Make recommendations for building envelope to reduce air and moisture infiltration.

3. Make recommendations for general equipment for HVAC and specific equipment for controlling moisture, maintaining optimal whole-building air quality. Recommendations will include specific equipment and measures for:

A. Substantially (90%+) decreasing mold, mold spores, allergens, bacteria and viruses both by restricting entry into the building and by equipment designed to substantially reduce the numbers of viable microbiologicals throughout the building.

B. Decreasing exposure within the building to VOCs (volatile organic chemicals) both by previewing and limiting the use of materials in the construction of the building that would off-gas these VOCs and in the use of equipment that will oxidize and detoxify any VOCs later introduced into or produced within the building.

C. Controlling moisture in the building through controlled humidification/dehumidification, balancing of air pressures between moisture-producing spaces (such as kitchens and baths) and other living spaces and the use of ERVS (energy recovery ventilation systems) to treat incoming (make-up) air intended to replace air being vented to the outdoors. These systems are designed to efficiently change the incoming air to closely match the temperature and humidity to that within the building.

4. Make recommendations for treatment (filtration & purification) equipment for potable water systems based on results from testing done of the well water. This includes the design of a custom system that will remove the contaminants found in the well water.

5. Once the recommendations have been reviewed, accepted and integrated into the design process, the actual construction process begins. On-site inspection at critical points during the construction process assures that recommendations are implemented, and allows the provision of input and feedback as situations arise that may require changes or deviations which would affect the integrity of the building envelope against air and moisture infiltration, and assures that building materials are properly protected from moisture during the construction process.

 

 

ODOR REMEDIATION

Placement of equipment indoors to remove odors and chemicals. These odors may result from pets, smoke, off-gassing chemicals or the intrusion of wild animals such as skunks, racoons, etc.

 

 

INDOOR ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTING Commercial Services

This service is provided for residential, commercial and institutional clients who are concerned about respiratory irritants, allergens and toxins present in the indoor environment. It may also be performed for clients who are concerned about the health effects of indoor artificial lighting in the home or workspace. Consultation is structured to meet the needs of the client and address the unique characteristics of the environmental conditions which led to the request for consultation.

 

 

 

AIR PURIFICATION

Today's energy-efficient buildings can be very air-tight, and with many synthetics and chemicals being used, this can result in the air inside being over a thousand times more polluted than outside air! Asthma in children has increased over 160% in recent years. All of these factors, along with increased sensitivities to allergens, pet dander and mold have contributed to the need for some type of air purification to remove odors, chemicals, allergens, and pet dander, as well as kill mold, mildew, bacteria and viruses. Let us match the right equipment to your needs to create a healthy indoor environment for you.

 

 

WATER PURIFICATION

Increasingly, we are realizing that we cannot rely on municipal water treatment plants to provide us with safe, healthy water for drinking, cooking and bathing. Well water is also frequently contaminated by sources in the community and cannot be trusted either. The only answer is to take responsibility yourself for the quality of your water. Whether you are looking for point-of-use systems such as a counter top water purifier, shower and bath filters or a whole-house system we can provide you with the best products to meet your needs. We recommend having your water tested by National Testing Laboratories (www.watercheck.com). With a copy of your test results, we can design a system that best meets your needs to ensure that you don't pay for components and/or filters that you don't need.

 

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