April 2017 Newsletter

April 28, 2017

Author: Equity Environmental Engineering

Spring has sprung a leak at least in the beginning of the month with the heavy rains. Feels good to open a window or two or even the front door and get a little fresh air in the house. Good time for Spring Break to go away and have fun or stay at home, recover from the winter and start getting the lawn and garden in shape.

It also means its time to be aware of many biological hazards waiting for you. We have already seen ticks during our field work so please remember your bug spray and check when you come in from field work. Those dormant animals are also waking up and are active again. We have had the pleasure of a black bear joining us during a groundwater sampling event.


LEED Indoor Air Quality Monitoring

LEED Indoor Air Quality is one component of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council. Both LEEDv4 and LEED 2009 award credits for either building flush-outs or building air quality testing prior to occupancy. In order to receive credits under the flush-out option, new filtration media must be installed and the building must be flushed with a total air volume of 14,000 cubic feet of outdoor air per square foot of floor area. In addition, the building must maintain an internal temperature of at least60° F (80° F max.) and relative humidity no higher than 60%. Often, this leads to long flush out durations ranging from two weeks to a month, which introduces margins for error in terms of maintaining building temperature and humidity. A more viable option for obtaining LEED Indoor Air Quality "IAQ" credits is to have the indoor air tested for contaminant thresholds.

Under IAQ testing guidelines, LEED mandates one test location for each portion of the building served by a separate ventilation system or no less than one test location per 25,000 square feet. All measurements must be conducted prior to occupancy, during normal occupied hours where the building's ventilation system started at the normal daily start time and operated at the minimum outside airflow rate. Additionally, all interior finishes must be installed prior to testing. All sampling equipment is placed at an elevation of 3-6 feet from the floor to represent the breathing zone. All samples are analyzed for Total Volatile Organic Compounds (TVOC), Particulates (PM10), Formaldehyde, 4-Phenylcyclohexene (4-PCH), and Carbon Monoxide (CO).

Recommendations for passing IAQ testing:

  • Ensure all painting, caulking, varnishes and touch ups are completed at least 1-2 weeks prior to testing. Before sampling activities begin, ventilate any areas of concern were odors may be present;
  • No cleaning activities should be performed in sampling areas, as cleaning products often contain VOC's;
  • The Minimum number of people other than sampling technicians should be present;
  • The HVAC system should be run on its highest setting up to 72 hours prior to testing event. However, during the testing Version 4 requires that the air handling system be operated at the minimum outdoor airflow rate for the occupied mode. 

IAQ sampling services are offered by Equity personnel using testing protocols consistent with the EPA Compendium of Methods for the Determination of Air Pollutants in Indoor Air and as additionally detailed in the LEED Reference Guide for Green Building Design and Construction, 2009 Edition.

Contact Amber Kartalyan 973-527-7451, ext 204


Safety and Health

89th Annual Governor's Occupational Safety and Health Awards Program

In March 2017 Equity received and earned the "Citation of Merit Certificate" from the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development and the New Jersey State Industrial Safety Committee for achievement in the prevention of occupational injuries during calendar year 2016. This citation/certificate is awarded to a company, facility, or department for working throughout the calendar year without lost time from a work-related injury or illness. The Managing Directors would like to thank our dedicated staff for their continued efforts and commitment to safety and health on and off the jobsite.

Safety and Health Services

Equity acknowledges, as a core value, the role of a sustainable, trained, and competent staff for task and jobsite safe actions. As such, Equity has been able to assist their clients with a systematic approach to safety and health as a holistic way of looking at the construction processes they may perform and determine how to apply means, methods and strategies to help make them flow more consistently. Employees must be able to perform required tasks in a manner that will not adversely affect the safety and health them or their fellow workers. Equity offers and has implemented Safety and Health Training & Competency Assessments to provide our clients with the necessary knowledge and skills for routine and non-routine tasks in accordance with applicable safety and health requirements as well as their program directives. Nobody wants an accident to happen within their business. Equity can help prevent such losses, so you don't have to turn your business upside down. Equity will be able to help you use good business sense and apply OSHA recognized prevention principles so your business can be proactive rather than reactive to an accident.

Contact Faron Moser 973-527-7451, ext 303


Staff Changes

Equity is proud to annouce that Amber Kartalyan has joined Equity as a Junior Planner. Amber is a 2013 Magna Cum Laude graduate of the Rutgers School of Planning and Public Policy with a Minor in Environmental and Business Economics. Her educational background is catered towards creating and supporting economically and environmentally viable communities. She believes this goal can be accomplished through multidisciplinary collaboration, innovative design solutions, and ethical public policy decisions. She has a passion for human-scaled, mixed-use, pedestrian oriented, and interactive design. Her personal mission is to create and promote healthy, sustainable and economically thriving communities. Her hobbies include botany with a passion for gardening and crafting organic body care products such as salves, ointments, and lotions.

We are sorry to announce that Frank Urilov has left Equity and moved on to pursue new career interests. We wish him the best of luck.


Calendar

Equity Staff has been or will be at the following events:

May 4th - Society of American Military Engineers Small Business Event at the Hilton Garden Inn, Raritan Center, NJ - Peter Jaran

April 25th - New York Law School Center for Real Estate Studies - Kevin Williams

April 26th - Site Remediation Practicioners' Forum - Chris Langewisch

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