Healthy building operation and maintenance (O&M) planning offers building management professionals a clear path through which to manage indoor air quality concerns in their buildings. IEE has been developing customized healthy building O&M programs for clients, such as city, state and private entities, for over 15 years. Our customized O&M programs use general guidance from organizations such as the EPA and NIOSH as a basis for the general structure, but we then customize the specific components to the existing operational practices of the individual client’s facility.
Over the past 10 years, these programs have been incorporated into the building management practices of many organizations throughout the country. A more resent milestone is the USGBC, LEED-EB (Existing Buildings) certification including development of an IAQ O&M program as an Indoor Environmental Quality credit. The O&M plans include the following:
- Identification of strategies for in-house personnel to address existing indoor air quality (IAQ) problems and preventing future problems from occurring.
- Incorporation of an IAQ plan for facility operations and maintenance activities.
- Management of processes with potentially significant pollutant sources.
- Communication with occupants about their role in maintaining good IAQ.
- Incorporation of checklists, IAQ inspection forms and record keeping to track and provide documentation Healthy Building O&M Program.
For a list of our O&M recommendations to improve the IAQ in your residence please see our Healthy Home O&M Recommendations in the Resources Section on this web site.