Indoor Air Quality Presentations

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Indoor Air Quality Solutions, IAQS
IAQ Presentations

IAQ Solutions is often asked to provide Indoor Air Quality presentations to professional organizations across Florida. 

These include Area
Chapters of the
US Green Building Council USGBC, Indoor Air Quality Association IAQA, National Association of Home Builders NAHB, National Association of Realtors, and the Florida Solar Energy Center.

IAQ Assessment using the 7 Principals of Healthy Homes

Indoor environmental assessments encompass the professional assessment of everything within a home that could compromise the occupant's health and safety.

by Indoor Environmental Consultant at Indoor Air Quality Solutions, IAQS, Microshield Environmental Services, LLC on Mar 20, 2014

Mold Remediation Protocol

IAQ Solutions primary response to fungal contamination in buildings is the prompt Remediation of contaminated material and infrastructure repair while preventing further damage to the structure, personal belongings, and occupants.

IAQ Solutions Mold Remediation protocols are written in accordance with the IICRC S-520 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Mold Remediation.

Water Restoration / Structural Drying
Indoor Air Quality Solutions, IAQS, John Lapotaire, CIEC, presentation on Restorative Structural Drying.

The presentation helps Insurance Agents and Adjusters understand the process of restorative structural drying, the different categories of water according to the IICRC S-500, as well as the benefits of hiring IICRC trained professionals.

Spray Polyurethane Foam Insulation SPF Nusiance Odor Investigations

With the rapid increase in the "Green" movement and the push for more energy efficient homes, spray polyurethane foam SPF insulation is growing substantially. As with most new building products, the industry has had its own set of unique challenges that include the recognized need for training and certification for installers. Along with the recognized need for training are the results of inadequate applicator training, nuisance odors and occupant sensitivity.

by Indoor Environmental Consultant at Microshield Environmental Services, LLC on Mar 20, 2014

Indoor Environmental Assessment using the
Seven Principals of Healthy Homes

A presentation on providing an Indoor Environmental Assessment using the National Center for Healthy Housing Seven Principals of Healthy Homes.

John Lapotaire, CIEC
Lydia Lapotaire, CIEC

An IAQ Solutions IAQ Presentation for The IAQA Indoor Air Quality Association Pensacola Chapter,

Indoor Air Quality in Florida's Homes
Understanding Florida's Indoor Air Quality Challenges. An Introduction to Residential Indoor Air Quality for Florida Real Estate Professionals.

John P. Lapotaire, CIEC
Microshield Environmental Services, LLC

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Understanding & Reducing VOCís in New Homes.
Building Healthy Homes by reducing the VOC's in the building products used to build the home.


Green Building and Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)

Green Building in Florida' and the Indoor Air Quality Challenges of a Humid Climate. An Introduction to Residential Indoor Air Quality for Florida Home Building Professionals.

John P. Lapotaire, CIEC
Microshield Environmental Services, LLC


USGBC LEED v3, A look at the now LEED requierments and their impact on the indoor environment. Improved Indoor Air Quality should be a common goal for all Green Buildings.

John P. Lapotaire, CIEC
Microshield Environmental Services, LLC.

Video's from IAQ TV

Aspergillus and Aspergillosis

Studies have shown that invasive aspergillosis can occur during building renovation or construction. Aspergillus spores are also commonly found in buildings that have suffered water damage or elevated humidity levels that have allowed the mold to grow and multiply indoors. Buildings such as healthcare facilities, with people that have weakened immune systems, need to be especially vigilant of this dangerous pathogen.

Avoiding IAQ Problems after a Flood

When cleaning up after a flood, the indoor air quality in a home or office may appear to be the least of the problems. However, failure to remove contaminated materials and to reduce moisture and humidity can present serious long-term health risks. Standing water and wet materials are a breeding ground for microorganisms, such as viruses, bacteria and mold. They can cause disease, trigger allergic reactions and asthma attacks and continue to damage materials long after the flood.

RRP Lead Regulations Video.wmv

On April 22, 2010 new federal rules dealing with lead poisoning went into effect. Thousands of environmental contractors, professionals, painters and others who deal with properties across the country have been affected. Find out how these rules can mean changes for your insurance coverage and how to perform field testing.

Formaldehyde - Dangers to Your Indoor Air Quality.wmv

Formaldehyde is a chemical widely used by industry to manufacture building materials and numerous household products. It is also used as a preservative in laboratories, as embalming fluid, and as a sterilizer.
Its primary use is in the production of resins and as a chemical intermediate. It is also a by-product of combustion and certain other natural processes. This means it may be present in substantial concentrations both indoors and outdoors.
As far back as 1987 the Environmental Protection Agency classified formaldehyde as a probable human carcinogen. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) does classify formaldehyde as a human carcinogen and the California Air Resource Board (ARB) has classified formaldehyde as a Toxic Air Contaminant.

Radon - An Invisible Threat.wmv

Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. Radon is odorless, colorless and tasteless. It is a naturally occurring radioactive gas resulting from the decay of radium. Radon in turn breaks down into radon decay products and these decay products, either free or attached to airborne particles, are inhaled where they further decay in the lungs.

It is the emission of high-energy alpha particles during the radon decay process that increases the risk of lung cancer. When radon decay products are inhaled and deposited in the lungs, the alpha emissions penetrate the cells of the epithelium lining the lungs

Asbestos Dangers in the Home.wmv

Asbestos is a mineral fiber that in the past was added to many products to strengthen them and to provide heat insulation and fire resistance.

From studies across the globe we now know that breathing high levels of asbestos fibers can lead to an increased risk of lung cancer.

Allergens in the Home.wmv

More than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies. Some sufferers experience short-term seasonal allergies, while a growing number experience chronic, year-round allergic reactions.

Airborne allergens in the home air one of the most common causes for allergic reactions. Since many Americans spend up to 90% of their day in indoor environments it is essential to examine the air inside your home to identify what maybe causing chronic problems for you or your family.

Meth Lab Dangers - What Every Property Owner & Renter Should Know

Most of the methamphetamine abused in this country comes from foreign or domestic super-labs, although it can also be made in small, illegal laboratories, where its production endangers the people in the labs, neighbors, and the environment.

These small laboratories have been found in everything from hotel rooms and recreational vehicles to apartments and suburban homes. During the illegal production of meth, properties will often become contaminated with hazardous chemicals. These laboratories also pose a strong risk of fire or explosion.

It is essential that any property that was formally used as a meth laboratory be tested and remediated by qualified environmental professionals.

VOCs: Things Homeowners Should Know

Educational guide to volatile organic coumpounds (VOCs) found in the home.

Carbon Monoxide Dangers in the Home

Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless and toxic gas. Because it is impossible to see, taste or smell carbon monoxide, it can kill you before you are aware it is in even in your home.

Biological Contaminants in the Home

The typical home is full of biological contaminants. They include bacteria, mold and mildew, viruses, animal dander and cat saliva, house dust mites, cockroaches and pollen. If there are sensitized or susceptible individuals in the home, or when these contaminants are at elevated levels, people can become sick.

Lead Swabs Instructional Video

One method to test for lead in paint and on surfaces is the LeadCheck swab. Lead check swabs are a convenient instantaneous test for the determination of the presence of lead.

To use first simply remove the swab from the case. On the side of the swab there are indicators to be pressed to activate the liquid solution for testing. Press each indicator in the order written to activate the 2 chemicals.
Then swab the suspect area and look for a chemical reaction. If lead is present the applicator tip will turn red.

Paint chips and other materials can also be sent to EMSL Analytical's accredited laboratory for analyses for lead or other harmful materials.

E. coli Video

E. coli are a large and diverse group of bacteria. Although most strains of E. coli are harmless, others can make people sick. Some kinds of E. coli can cause diarrhea, while others cause urinary tract infections, respiratory illness and pneumonia, and other illnesses. Still other kinds of E. coli are used as markers for water contamination.

The Indoor Air Quality Association IAQA


Combustion Products & Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)

In addition to environmental tobacco smoke, there are many sources of combustion products in the typical home. These include unvented


Combustion Products & Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)

In addition to environmental tobacco smoke, there are many sources of combustion products in the typical home. These include unvented kerosene and gas space heaters, woodstoves, fireplaces and gas stoves.

The major pollutants released from these items include carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide and particles. Unvented kerosene heaters may also generate acid aerosols.