Indoor Air Quality Testing

The JMB team has 30+ years of local experience performing Indoor Air Quality Tests for Residential, Commercial, Industrial and Government clients and is considered one of the most reliable and cost effective organizations in the Vancouver area. We also excel at managing successful LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Building Certificate indoor air quality monitoring projects.


Select an item below for more information.

Residential/Office

A typical Indoor Air Quality Test for residential and office environments that satisfies B.C. regulatory scrutiny (should it be necessary) consists of the following airborne testing parameters:

  • Total Airborne Mold
  • Total Airborne Particulates (dust and other particulate matter)
  • Total Airborne Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs – No Identification)
  • Should elevated levels of VOCs be detected then an Identification of VOC components would be recommended to ensure specific regulatory limits are upheld.
  • Total Airborne Carbon Monoxide
  • Total Airborne Carbon Dioxide (Fresh Air Indicator)
  • Temperature/Relative Humidity
  • Total Airborne Asbestos (depending on age of building materials)
  • Total Airborne Formaldehyde (depending on age of building materials)

A typical project costs $500-$2000 depending on the size of the area being tested and the number of testing parameters necessary.

Industrial

Industrial Indoor Air Quality Tests are recommended for manufacturing and production organizations and require a preliminary investigation to evaluate the types of processes and materials used in order to recommend the most complete and cost effective solution.

A typical Industrial Indoor Air Quality Study consists of the following steps:

  1. Preliminary Walkthrough and MSDS (Materials Safety and Data Sheet) Review
  2. Accurate Proposal
  3. Sampling and Onsite Assessment
  4. Data Review and Report Generation
  5. Debriefing and Recommendations (if applicable)

Government

JMB Environmental Ltd has performed numerous short and long term Indoor Air Quality Monitoring projects for the following government sanctioned organizations:

  • Canadian Military Projects Through Sub-Contractors
  • City of North Vancouver, West Vancouver & Greater Vancouver
  • City of Burnaby & New Westminster
  • City of Surrey& Langley
  • City of Richmond
  • City of Abbotsford
  • Province of BC
  • Ministry of Health – Riverview Hospital
  • University of the Fraser Valley
  • Seaspan
  • BC Hydro
  • BC Securities Commission
  • Grouse Mountain (Private)
  • More in the Archives…

LEED Certification

What is LEED certification?

Or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design is the recognized standard for measuring building environmental sustainability. The LEED green building rating system promotes design and construction practices that increase profitability while reducing the negative environmental impacts of buildings and improving occupant health and well-being.

What are the benefits of LEED certification?

LEED certification, which includes a rigorous third-party commissioning process, offers compelling proof to you, your clients, your peers and the public at large that you’ve achieved your environmental goals and your building is performing as designed. Getting certified allows you take advantage of a growing number of government incentives, and can help boost media interest in your project.

The LEED rating system offers four certification levels for new construction — Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum — that correspond to the number of credits accrued in five green design categories:

  • sustainable sites
  • water efficiency,
  • energy and atmosphere,
  • materials and resources and
  • indoor air quality

LEED standards cover new commercial construction and major renovation projects, interiors projects and existing building operations. Standards are under development to cover commercial “core & shell” construction, new home construction and neighborhood developments.

How does one achieve LEED certification?

The U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED website provides the best understanding and tools for building professionals, including the following. Canadian regulatory standards follow these practices.

  • Information on the LEED certification process.
  • LEED documents, such as checklists and reference guides. Standards are now available or in development for the following project types:
    • New commercial construction and major renovation projects (LEED-NC)
    • Existing building operations (LEED-EB)
    • Commercial interiors projects (LEED-CI)
    • Core and shell projects (LEED-CS)
    • Homes (LEED-H)
  • Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND)
  • A list of LEED-certified projects
  • Information on LEED training workshops

Components of an Indoor Air Quality Test for LEED certification?

A typical Indoor Air Quality test for LEED Certification consists of the following steps:

  1. Thorough Review of All Building Schematics
  2. Preliminary Walkthrough
  3. Accurate Proposal
  4. Sampling and Long Term Monitoring
  5. Data Review and Report Generation
  6. Debriefing and Recommendations (if applicable)
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