BP06: Air Quality Audit & Planning

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Perform an annual indoor air quality audit to understand the building’s air quality and identify opportunities to increase occupant health and satisfaction. This can be self-performed or contracted. Meet with stakeholders to review performance and potential improvements, and finalize the plan at the Annual Sustainability Planning Meeting.

Implementation Requirements

  1. Review the US EPA’s free online educational modules to learn about common contaminant pathways and resolutions for indoor air quality in various building types.
  2. Perform an annual air quality audit aligned with the US EPA’s I-BEAM audit protocol, as summarized below.

    Minimum requirements for the annual air quality audit:
    1. Assess indoor spaces, exterior spaces, and HVAC systems for signs of air quality issues using the audit forms provided
    2. Log the findings of the assessment, and demonstrate corrective action
    3. For improvement opportunities that carry larger costs, consider budgeting for implementing those opportunities in the future.
  3. In advance of the Annual Sustainability Planning Meeting, meet with key stakeholders to evaluate indoor air quality improvement initiatives that should be formally considered.

Submittal Requirements

  • Air quality audit report
  • Summary of the current-year air quality optimization measures considered and the implementation plan for feasible improvements. This may be included in the Annual Sustainability Planning Meeting Report. (See "Annual Sustainability Planning Report Template")
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Perform an annual indoor air quality audit to understand the building’s air quality and identify opportunities to increase occupant health and satisfaction. This can be self-performed or contracted. Meet with stakeholders to review performance and potential improvements, and finalize the plan at the Annual Sustainability Planning Meeting.

Implementation Requirements

  1. Review the US EPA’s free online educational modules to learn about common contaminant pathways and resolutions for indoor air quality in various building types.
  2. Perform an annual air quality audit aligned with the US EPA’s I-BEAM audit protocol, as summarized below.

    Minimum requirements for the annual air quality audit:
    1. Assess indoor spaces, exterior spaces, and HVAC systems for signs of air quality issues using the audit forms provided
    2. Log the findings of the assessment, and demonstrate corrective action
    3. For improvement opportunities that carry larger costs, consider budgeting for implementing those opportunities in the future.
  3. In advance of the Annual Sustainability Planning Meeting, meet with key stakeholders to evaluate indoor air quality improvement initiatives that should be formally considered.

Submittal Requirements

  • Air quality audit report
  • Summary of the current-year air quality optimization measures considered and the implementation plan for feasible improvements. This may be included in the Annual Sustainability Planning Meeting Report. (See "Annual Sustainability Planning Report Template")

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