As our buildings become more energy efficient and more densely occupied, it is important to monitor the air quality in offices spaces regularly.  Hawk Environmental Services has a cost-effective way to collect data, perform inspections, and generate detailed reports to deal employee complaints, perform preventative maintenance, and for routine purposes.  Our full reports are usually 25-100 pages long, but please review the abbreviated sample report below to see what the final product may look like. [/teaser]

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Background information:

The clients have requested a general indoor air quality testing for 6 locations in the building

  • General Climate Conditions
    • Temperature
    • Humidity
    • Carbon dioxide
  • General toxics
    • total VOC’s (in ppm via 10.6 eV PID)
    • Carbon monoxide
    • LEL (lower explosive limits i.e. natural gas)
    • Hydrogen sulfide
    • Oxygen
  • Mold spore levels

Company Experience

Hawk Environmental Services, Inc. is a locally owned and operated small business with that deals solely with testing, inspection, and consultation in regards to indoor air quality, energy efficiency, employee health and safety, hazardous materials testing, and other environmental inspections. Hawk Environmental Services, Inc. offers neutral and unbiased information and reporting without the conflicts of interest that may be present when a company also offers remediation and installation services.

The company is well qualified and experienced in the type of inspection and testing proposed below. The following is a short list of similar organizations that have hired Hawk Environmental Services in 2014 to perform a scope of testing identical or similar to testing proposed in this document. Reference and contact information for these clients can be made available on request:

  • Boeing (Auburn, WA)

  • Seattle Lighthouse for the Blind

  • Pacific Medical Centers

Summary of findings:

Temperature:
The temperature in the tested space is fairly consistent throughout the building, and should not have a negative impact on indoor air quality.

Humidity:
The humidity levels at the time of inspection were well-within the recommended levels.

Carbon Dioxide:
The carbon dioxide levels in most tested areas were within the recommended limits.

  • Sample area VC-04 (2nd floor conference room B) showed elevated levels of carbon dioxide as listed in the appendix between 12:09 and 12:19 on December 12th. This is likely due to the conference room being occupied by a large number of individuals and/or an occupant breathing directly into the probe. Aside from this anomaly the general carbon dioxide trends in this area appear normal.
    • A graph of this data can be found below in the summary of sample data section
  • Sampled area VC-06 showed levels of carbon dioxide that were above the recommended limits stated in the appendix of this report.  A clear trend between occupied times and unoccupied times in the tested area was noted, and this suggests that some benefit may be made by increasing the percentage of fresh-air supplied to this location. The difference if carbon dioxide levels in this area as compared to the other testing locations, is likely directly related to the increase occupant density in the area.
    • A graph of this data can be found below in the summary of sample data section

Total VOC’s (volatile organic compounds):
The tVOC levels in the tested areas were within recommended limits. The minor fluctuations noted (0.1-0.5 ppm) are likely due to typical product usage of perfumes, hand sanitizers, cleaners, and other office and consumer products.

Carbon Monoxide:
No carbon monoxide was detected at the time of inspection.

Mold spores:
No elevated mold spore levels were noted in the tested areas.

Environmental Data (maximums recorded)

LocationTemperatureRelative HumidityCarbon Dioxide (CO2)TVOC levelCarbon Monoxide (CO)

VC-01

72.7 °F

53.4 %

472 ppm

0.0 ppm

0 ppm

VC-02

74.3 °F

54.8 %

593 ppm

0.3 ppm

0 ppm

VC-03

76.1°F

54.1 %

610 ppm

0.5 ppm

0 ppm

VC-04

74.8 °F

54.1%

1,032 ppm

0.2 ppm

0 ppm

VC-05

76.3°F

54.4 %

649 ppm

0.4 ppm

0 ppm

VC-06

77.3°F

56.2 %

962 ppm

0.1 ppm

0 ppm

MOLD SPORE TESTING

Mold typeOutdoor Control

(spores/m3)

VC-01

(spores/m3)

VC-02

(spores/m3)

Indoor Reservoir Potential
Alternaria27Unlikely
Basidiospores27Unlikely
Cladosporium271327Unlikely
Hyphal elements (mycelium fragments)

13

Unlikely
Penicillium/ Aspergillus

27

Unlikely

Sporodesmium

13

Unlikely

Unknown

27

13

Unlikely
Total Spore count

120

13

80

Mold typeOutdoor Control

(spores/m3)

VC-03

(spores/m3)

VC-04

(spores/m3)

Indoor Reservoir Potential
AlternariaUnlikely
Basidiospores27Unlikely
Cladosporium27Unlikely
Hyphal elements (mycelium fragments)

Unlikely
Penicillium/ Aspergillus

27

Unlikely

Sporodesmium

13

Unlikely

Unknown

27

13

Unlikely
Total Spore count

120

0

13

Mold typeOutdoor Control

(spores/m3)

VC-05

(spores/m3)

VC-06

(spores/m3)

Indoor Reservoir Potential
AlternariaUnlikely
Basidiospores27Unlikely
Cladosporium271313Unlikely
Hyphal elements (mycelium fragments)

Unlikely
Penicillium/ Aspergillus

27

Unlikely

Sporodesmium

13

Unlikely

Unknown

27

Unlikely
Total Spore count

120

13

13

VC-04

Summary

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Unit Name MultiRAE(PGM-6228)

Unit SN MBB3Z002Q3

Unit Firmware Ver V1.18

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Site ID VC040000

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Begin 12/10/2014 13:26:03

End 12/11/2014 13:26:03

Sample Period(s) 300

Number of Records 288

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Sensor        LEL(%LEL)       OXY(%)               H2S(ppm)           CO(ppm)             VOC(ppm)

Sensor SN

03110367R7      03420336Q1       03AR0071Q2       03060292Q1     03A40339Q1

Calibration Time

12/9/2014 14:01

Peak             0                          20.9                     0.0                         0                           0.2

Min              0                          20.9                     0.0                         0                           0.0

Average       0                         20.9                     0.0                          0                           0.0

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VC-06

Summary

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Unit Name MultiRAE(PGM-6228)

Unit SN MBB3Z061Q8

Unit Firmware Ver V1.18

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Site ID VC060000

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Begin 12/10/2014 13:48:08

End 12/11/2014 13:48:08

Sample Period(s) 300

Number of Records 288

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Sensor           LEL(%LEL)          OXY(%)                H2S(ppm)             CO(ppm)               VOC(ppm)

Sensor SN

                       03110876R9         03420042RA      03AR0288Q7        03060209Q7       03A40044Q7

Calibration Time

                      12/9/2014 12:34

Peak             0                              20.9                        0.0                            0                             0.3

Min              0                              20.9                         0.0                            0                             0.0

Average       0                             20.9                         0.0                            0                             0.1

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