Oregon & Idaho Building Health & Safety Inspections
What we have noticed over the past several years will alarm you regarding the health & safety of families & employees.
Building Analyst Group Inc, provides health & safety services to Oregon & Idaho.
Approx 70% of homes and commercial businesses have high levels of VOCs & TVOC’s “Volatile Organic Compounds”. Have you ever wondered why so many people have health issues and why there are so many cases of cancer? We provide testing on indoor air quality so our findings are un-bias & true. New homes, existing homes & commercial buildings we have tested exceed safe levels of formaldehyde, VOCs and radon.
Working or living in a home or business that has high levels of VOC’s or radon will cause health concerns. This is a proven fact! Every building we test and inspect has some level of bad air. Low levels are a less concern but still is unhealthy.
In some cases we are called by clients to test the air quality of a newly built homes. These people are concerned about their health & safety and well being before making the purchase. In other cases we have business owners that may utilize chemicals in their day to day operations. In other cases we have clients that call us because they smell odors or difficulty in breathing.
If you work or live in a structure that has above unsafe levels of CH20, VOCs, TVOC’s or radon you WILL have respiratory issues and more than likely get cancer later down the road. This is a fact. So what can be done? Education is the first rule. Realtors need to inform clients. Doctors need to take time to ask the right questions of their patients. Realtors need to stop telling their clients that radon does not exist in that area. Unless testing has been done there is no way for a realtor to make that statement. Radon maybe present in one home while the home next to it does not.
You need a licensed and certified company test the air quality in your home or business.
Health care costs have increased over the years and we can help reduce these costs by taking simple steps.
Under the new formula, high-performance homes & businesses will need to be ventilated at a higher rate, namely 7.5 cfm per person plus 3 cfm per 100 square feet. This means that for a tightly built 2,400-square-foot home with 3 bedrooms, the minimum airflow rate of the ventilation equipment has jumped 89%, from 54 cfm to 102 cfm.
ISO and Federal Air Change Rates for Cleanrooms. A critical factor in cleanroomdesign is controlling air-change per hour (ACH), also known as the air-change rate, or ACR. This refers to the number of times each hour that filtered outside airreplaces the existing volume in a building or chamber.
What is ISO class 5?
By comparison, an ISO class 5 cleanroom is designed to allow no more than 3,520 particles equal to or larger than 0.5 microns per cubic meter of air. This equates to aClass 100 cleanroom under the Federal Standard 209E, which allows for 100 particles (0.5 microns or larger) per cubic foot of air.
Indoor Air Quality?
Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) is the measure or measurements of the atmosphere in your dwelling or business. These measurements are assessed against the standards that The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has provided. Poor indoor air quality can result in asthma, headaches, poor sleep, dizziness, weakness, nausea, drowsiness, damage to liver/kidneys, and in extremely rare cases, death. Building Analyst Group, Inc. retains the tools, equipment, and expertise to perform residential and commercial testing in order to help our clients maintain clean indoor air quality.
Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless gas that interferes with the delivery of oxygen through the body. CO causes headaches, dizziness, weakness, nausea, and even death. Potential sources are defective central heating furnaces, automobile exhaust, tobacco smoke, space heaters using fossil fuels, and other appliances that may use fuel in the home. The solution to Carbon Monoxide in the air is to eliminate the source.
Carbon dioxide (CO2) is exhaled by humans and pets as a natural part of the metabolic process. High levels of CO2 can cause drowsiness and headaches. ASHRAE recommends that indoor CO2 levels not exceed 700 ppm above outdoor ambient levels. The solution for high CO2 levels in the air is adding ventilation.
Volatile Organic Compounds
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are chemicals found in home furnishings, carpets, building materials, paints and lacquers, cleaning supplies, waxes, pesticides, moth repellents, air fresheners, and dry-cleaned clothing. VOCs evaporate into the air when these products are used or sometimes even when they are stored. Volatile organic compounds irritate the eyes, nose and throat, and cause headaches, nausea, and damage to the liver, kidneys, and central nervous system. With prolonged exposure, some VOCs can cause cancer. Solutions for high VOC levels in the air include ventilation and VOC destruction technologies. Learn More
Particulates can induce eye, nose, and throat irritation; respiratory infections, bronchitis and even lung cancer. Particulates include asthma triggers and mold. The solutions for particulates in the air include, but are not limited to, filtration and ventilation. Learn More
This is a list of the chemicals that are found in our testing.
Acenaphthene Acrylonitrile Aldrin Anthracene Arsenic Barium Benz[a]anthracene Benzene Benzidine Benzo[a]pyrene Benzo[b]fluoranthene Benzo[k]fluoranthene Beryllium Bis(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate Bromodichloromethane Bromoform Bromomethane Butylbenzene, n- Butylbenzene, sec- Cadmium Carbon tetrachloride Chlorobenzene Chlorodibromomethane Chloroethane Chloroform Chloromethane Chordane Chromium (III) Chromium (VI) Chrysene Copper Cyanide (hydrogen cyanide) * DDD (4,4'-Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethene) DDE (4,4'-Dichlorodiphenyldichloroethene) DDT (4,4'-Dichlorodiphenyldichloroethane) Dibenz[a,h]anthracene Dichlorobenzene, 1,2- Dichlorobenzene, 1,3- Dichlorobenzene, 1,4- Dichlorobenzidine, 3,3- Dichloroethane, 1,1- Dichloroethene, 1,1- Dichloroethene, cis-1,2- Dichloroethene, trans-1,2- Dichloroethylether Dichloromethane Dichlorophenoxyacetic acid, 2,4- (2,4-D) Dieldrin Dinitrotoluene, 2,6- Di-n-propylnitrosamine Dioxane, 1,4- Diphenylnitrosamine EDB (1,2-dibromoethane) EDC (1,2-dichloroethane) Endosulfan, (alpha-beta) Endrin Ethylbenzene Fluoranthene Fluorene Formaldehyde Heptachlor Heptachlor Epoxide Hexachlorobenzene Hexachlorocyclohexane, alpha- (alpha-HCH) Hexachlorocyclohexane, gamma- (Lindane) Hexachloroethane Indeno[1,2,3-cd]pyrene Lead Manganese MCPA ((4-chloro-2-methylphenoxy)acetic acid) Mercury MTBE (methyl t-butyl ether) Naphthalene Nickel Pentachlorophenol Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) Propylbenzene, iso- Propylbenzene, n- Pyrene Silver Styrene TCDD, 2,3,7,8- (Dioxin) Tetrachloroethene (PCE) Toluene Toxaphene Trichloro-1,2,2-trifluoroethane, 1,1,2- (Freon 113) Trichloroethane, 1,1,1- Trichloroethane, 1,1,2- Trichloroethene Trichlorofluoromethane (Freon 11) Trichlorophenol, 2,4,6- Trimethylbenzene, 1,2,4- Trimethylbenzene, 1,3,5- Vinyl chloride Xylenes