IAQ Building Education and Assessment Model (I-BEAM)
Text Modules: Overview
Note: This guidance was designed to be a web-only resource. PDF versions of each of the text modules are available. Please note that these PDF files represent the version of I-BEAM on the date the files were created. All Text Modules (PDF) (74 pp., 417 K, about PDF)
This module provides the fundamentals to understanding indoor air quality. It provides a rudimentary framework for understanding how indoor and outdoor sources of pollution, heat and humidity, together with the ventilation and air conditioning systems affect the indoor air quality in buildings. It also begins to address methods of controlling those factors in order that the quality of the air which occupants experience provides for their health, comfort and performance. Go to Fundamentals of IAQ in Buildings. See also Fundamentals of IAQ in Buildings (PDF) (14 pp., 74 K).
What are the elements of the heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) system that are important to IAQ? What information is important to developing protocols for the operating set points and schedules consistent with good IAQ performance? Go to Heating, Ventilation, and Air-conditioning (HVAC) (PDF). See also Heating, Ventilation, and Air-conditioning (HVAC) (PDF) (6 pp., 51 K).
Good preventive maintenance and housekeeping practices are at the core of establishing and maintaining good indoor air quality in buildings. In this module, we describe the essential elements of preventive maintenance and housekeeping programs and describe their relationship to IAQ.
The interactive modules relating to PM or Housekeeping contain detailed maintenance and housekeeping schedules which the user can modify to satisfy individual building requirements, or to establish an IAQ maintenance and housekeeping budget. Go to IAQ Maintenance and Housekeeping Programs. See also IAQ Maintenance and Housekeeping Programs (PDF) (8 pp., 55 K).
This section examines the relationship between IAQ and energy efficiency. Because many attempts to save energy in the 1970s and 1980s resulted in sick building syndrome and gave rise to minimum ventilation standards to protect IAQ, there has been a growing but erroneous conception that IAQ and energy efficiency are incompatible goals. Recent studies demonstrate that the two goals are compatible and that the true trade-off is either minimal or manageable. Go to Indoor Air Quality and Energy Efficiency. See also Indoor Air Quality and Energy Efficiency (PDF) (11 pp., 72 K).
How does the knowledge obtained by working with I-BEAM help dedicated building personnel to develop sufficient expertise to solve most IAQ complaints? In this section, we describe two approaches to the indoor air quality diagnostic process for buildings - one for industrial facilities and one for commercial facilities. Go to Diagnosing and Solving Problems. See also Diagnosing and Solving Problems (PDF) (8 pp., 94 K).
What actions are important to protect and improve IAQ during each phase of the design and construction process? Go to Renovation and New Construction. See also Renovation and New Construction (PDF) (11 pp., 74 K).
How can I establish a management program that contains all the appropriate elements needed to manage a building for good IAQ? Go to Managing for Indoor Air Quality. See also Managing for Indoor Air Quality (PDF) (6 pp., 43 K).
Catalogue all of your IAQ activities and IAQ expenses, and assess the impact of those activities on your bottom line. Further, you can use this module to document your IAQ actions and expenses, and to develop a marketing plan. By marketing IAQ, you take advantage of the evidence that IAQ affects employee moral and performance, and the evidence that an IAQ program can be an attractive feature for existing and prospective tenants. Go to IAQ Budgets and Accounts. See also IAQ Budgets and Accounts (PDF) (7 pp., 63 K).