411homerepair.com

Latest Articles

Boost Your Electrical Service With Multitude

  Businesses that provide electrical services or goods and professional electricians make invaluable contributions to society. From the home...

on Jun 21, 2017

How to Check the Reputation of a Locksmith

In your life, you might have been faced by an awkward situation in which you had to stay out in the cold since you had lost the keys to your...

on Jun 19, 2017

Before You Put Your Trust in a Home Cleaning Company, Consider the Following

As is the case with every homeowner or renter, you have your reasons for hiring home cleaning professionals to come in and clean your home. Time is...

on Jun 14, 2017

Create The Ultimate Outdoor Area With A Veranda

When the weather is fine, we need to be outdoors to enjoy it. You could go for a walk or a run, hit the jogging track or the hiking trails or just...

on Jun 10, 2017

Maximizing ROI by Rehabbing Multifamily Properties

There are a number of rehab projects that multifamily investors typically acknowledge as time-tested solid investments because they are proven to...

on Jun 10, 2017

Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) and Health Effects of Air Pollution

by Guest on Nov 1, 2011

Employers, whether building owners or tenants, have found that dissatisfaction with the indoor environment can lead to a host of employee problems, ranging from lost productivity - whether through lost days or just decreased effectiveness - to outright hostility toward management. At the very least, unresolved problems can foster a belief that management just doesn't care. Some investigators have found an even more troublesome reaction. It's well-known that IEQ (Indoor Environmental Quality) problems affect some occupants more than others. In some offices, this has created an us-versus-them scenario with the unaffected accusing the others of malingering, and the affected feeling that the others were uncaring. The result: deteriorating morale.

Union Trouble

As if declining productivity or employee distrust of management weren't enough, some employers have seen IEQ (Indoor Environmental Quality) complaints become a "bargaining chip" for unions at contract time. This can be particularly troublesome for several reasons:

- Many times, employee perception of the problem, once mistrust is established, runs counter to the facts. We have seen cases where the perception of indoor air quality declined, when all objective measurements indicated it should have been getting better.
- Health and safety are emotional and volatile issues. Once building occupants become sensitized to IEQ (Indoor Environmental Quality) concerns, even the most innocuous strange smell can set off a wave of panic.
- Many times IEQ (Indoor Environmental Quality) problems are difficult to detect and resolve. An ongoing problem, despite the best efforts of management, can result in widespread employee dissatisfaction.

Public Buildings

Those in charge of public buildings live under the double curse of high visibility and a volatile political climate. Unable to impose a nondisclosure agreement, managers of public buildings must try to solve the problem under the glare of almost daily publicity. Members of the general public, and opposing politicians, have little patience for issues without quick and certain resolution, increasing the pressure on those in charge. When the building is a school, parents soon become involved and can quickly push the issue past the boiling point. As reported recently continuing problems at one high school caused parents at a public meeting to call for closing the school, despite the fact that school officials had nowhere else to house the 1,500 students.

Real Estate As Investment

For many investors, the building, its marketability, and the value of the commercial paper associated with it are vital concerns. A catastrophic IEQ problem or a "bad image" created by ongoing publicity can seriously erode the building's worth. The concern over building value extends far beyond the developers. Those who buy and sell mortgages in the secondary market are slowly becoming aware of the financial ramifications IEQ problems can have, and firms that conduct due diligence surveys for investors are beginning to pay close attention to a building's potential for IEQ problems.

What to Do?

While the problems can be serious, there's no need for panic. On the other hand, to take the position that IEQ problems are nothing more than environmental hysteria or a passing fad is to invite far more serious problems. In talking with IEQ consultants and lawyers involved in the IEQ field, we hear recurring themes that bear remembering:

- Maintain a proactive stance, rather than merely reacting to problems;
- Take occupant complaints seriously;
- Investigate problems quickly and thoroughly;
- Communicate effectively - tell occupants what you are doing, what you have learned, and what you plan to do about it;
- Implement recommendations completely (if you can't do everything, determine what can safely be deferred);
- Operate the building according to design and/or current standard practice; and
- Use IEQ professionals to investigate and mitigate building problems; case studies are filled with instances where the building staff tried to handle the problem and made it worse. There is nothing you can do that will make you immune to lawsuits or other financial risk. However, you can limit your exposure or the likelihood that occupants - whether tenants or employees - will feel aggrieved over indoor environmental conditions.

Julian Arhire is a Manager with DtiCorp.com - DtiCorp.com carries more than 35,000 HVAC products, including industrial, commercial and residential parts and equipment from Honeywell, Johnson Contols, Robertshaw, Jandy, Grundfos, Armstrong and more.

Most Recent Articles

Sponsored Articles

Random Articles

Home Improvement Ideas: Catering For Your Cat

It can feel extremely satisfying to give your home a small makeover from time to time. We need our lives to feel fresh so that we don’t end...

Improvements / Remodeling

Advantages of Using an Electric Range

 Among cooking enthusiasts, the debate can become very heated when discussing whether a gas or electric range is better. Gas stoves have...

Appliance / Repair

Acid Stain Concrete Floors : A Beginner’s Guide

Acid stained concrete floor is one of the most common types of flooring for renovating dull and boring concrete floors. Acid stain is a common...

Floors / Tile / Hardwood

5 of the Best Home Improvement Ideas

Improving the home is always in the back of everyone’s mind, and the end of the summer is the ideal time to consider making some renovations...

Improvements / Remodeling

Finding the Right Front Load Washer

 In this day and age, people are always trying to find ways to save money.  Anything that can help you save energy, time and cash in the long run...

Appliance / Repair

Actions

Contact Us | Submit Article | RSS | 411homerepair © 2017