Environment — Building Science and Indoor Air Quality

Geofirma has the scientific knowledge and expertise to evaluate the indoor environment.  Our building science services provide our clients with detailed assessments of the indoor environment tailored to their specific needs.  From identification and assessment of designated substances and hazardous materials to asbestos management plans, indoor air quality assessment, radon testing and mould and bacteria assessments Geofirma’s team of professionals can provide solutions to meet your needs.

Designated Substance and Asbestos Surveys

In Ontario, the Occupational Health and Safety Act and its regulations provide the framework for safe and healthy work places. In particular, O.Reg. 490/09 defines and regulates designated substances, while O.Reg. 279/05 governs asbestos on construction projects and in buildings. Our designated substance and asbestos surveys determine the presence, quantity, and condition of these substances, allowing for management according to the regulations. Our clients range from individual property owners to large institutions (e.g. hospitals)

Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)

Indoor air quality has become an increasing concern to workers and homeowners.  With increased air tightness of buildings, growing use of synthetic materials, decreased outdoor air quality in some cases and an increase in allergies more and more people are questioning the quality of the air they breathe on a daily basis at home or at work.  Whether the air quality assessment is requested as a due diligence measure or to address a specific concern, Geofirma can provide a solution.

Geofirma can measure several common indoor air quality parameters onsite using calibrated state-of-the-art equipment.  Other potential indoor air contaminants may be sampled and sent off to an accredited laboratory for analysis.  The results of all data sets are compared to national and international standards and recommendations are provided by our professional staff.

For additional information contact Glen Briscoe, P.Eng., Manager of Environmental Services