Indoor Environmental Quality, as the name implies, simply refers to the quality of the air in an office or other building environments. In most instances, the building environment can establish a bad breeding ground for which contaminants can be harbored. Despite uncertainty about what to measure and how to interpret what is measured, research shows that building-related symptoms are associated with building characteristics, including dampness, cleanliness, and ventilation characteristics.

Americans spend on average 90% of their time indoors where the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reports that levels of pollutants may be on-average two to five timeshigher than outdoor levels. Indoor environments are highly complex and building occupants may be exposed to a variety of contaminants (in the form of gases and particles) from office machines, cleaning products, construction activities, carpets and furnishings, perfumes, cigarette smoke, water-damaged building materials, microbial growth (fungal/mold and bacterial), insects, and outdoor pollutants. Other factors such as indoor temperatures, relative humidity, and ventilation levels can also affect how individuals respond to the indoor environment and affect their productivity

Understanding the sources of indoor environmental contaminants and controlling them can often help prevent or resolve building-related worker symptoms. Practical guidance for improving and maintaining building indoor environmental quality is a key part of our work at Cotocon.

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