These activities can either improve the indoor environmental quality or make matters worse if they have not been performed correctly. Schools with water damage issues can experience aerosolized mold spores as well as asbestos and lead dust if projects did not follow proper protocols. Even new construction can create indoor air quality (IAQ) problems due to the off-gassing of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from paints, construction materials and even new furnishings.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “Poor indoor air quality can impact the comfort and health of students and staff, which, in turn, can affect concentration, attendance, and student performance. In addition, if schools fail to respond promptly to poor IAQ, students and staff are at an increased risk of short-term health problems, such as fatigue and nausea, as well as long-term problems like asthma.”
When school districts in Puerto Rico and across the Caribbean have indoor environmental concerns they turn to the building science experts at Zimmetry Environmental. “A school’s indoor environment plays a significant role in academic performance and the health and wellbeing of both teachers and students,” said Harry Pena, President of Zimmetry Environmental. “Even common activities, such as the use of some cleaning chemicals, can create IAQ problems.”
Zimmetry Environmental has building science professionals who are experts at identifying and resolving indoor environmental issues in schools and other types of buildings. These services help to ensure that building occupants are not being exposed to potentially hazardous materials. The company recently sponsored an online video about IAQ issues in schools that can be seen at:
To learn more about healthy indoor environments, please visit www.zimmetry.com, call (787) 995.0005 or email email@example.com.
About Zimmetry Environmental
Since 2002, Zimmetry Environmental has been providing environmental consulting services to building owners and managers, architects, engineers, EHS professionals and Fortune 500 companies. The company is based in Puerto Rico and provides services across the Caribbean and Central America. The professionals at Zimmetry offer environmental compliance, indoor air quality (IAQ), asbestos, lead-based paint, Phase IESAs and general environmental consulting services.