ASTM International - ASTM D7297-06
Standard Practice for Evaluating Residential Indoor Air Quality Concerns
|Publication Date:||1 December 2006|
|ICS Code (Ambient atmospheres):||13.040.20|
significance And Use:
IAQ-based complaints and problems including discomfort/health symptoms and unacceptable indoor environmental conditions such as odors exist in residential buildings, but the frequency of the... View More
IAQ-based complaints and problems including discomfort/health symptoms and unacceptable indoor environmental conditions such as odors exist in residential buildings, but the frequency of the occurrence of IAQ complaints and problems is not known.
Characterization of IAQ concerns and identification of their underlying causes require systematic observations and measurements of the indoor environment, its occupants and contaminant sources. This practice provides background and procedures for the investigation of IAQ concerns.
Where the dwelling is not owner-occupied, formal permission to access certain areas of the property and to collect information essential to the IAQ investigation is often deemed essential to be obtained from the owner and, where applicable, from other tenants. An investigator should seek appropriate legal advice in these matters.
Certain stages of the IAQ investigation could benefit from a review of existing medical records. This requires specific written permission from the patient.
The stepwise and phased approach described in this practice allows for an investigation that is commensurate with the nature of the problem and the level of resources available for the investigation.View Less
1.1 This standard practice describes procedures for evaluating indoor air quality (IAQ) concerns in residential buildings.
1.2 The practice primarily addresses IAQ concerns encountered in single-family detached and attached (for example, townhouse or duplex design) residential buildings. Limited guidance is also included for low- and high-rise multifamily dwellings.
1.3 The IAQ evaluation procedures are comprised of interviews with the homeowner or resident(s) (including telephone interviews and face-to-face meetings) and on-site investigations (including walk-through, assessment, and measurements). For practicality in application, these procedures are dividing into three separate phases.
1.4 The procedures described in this standard practice are aimed at identifying potential causes contributing to the IAQ concern. Such findings should become a basis for recommending corrective measures. This standard practice does not describe problem resolution or corrective measures and the standard is not intended to evaluate the impact of corrective measures.
1.5 Implementation of procedures given in this standard requires the investigator (or investigative team) to have adequate background in several areas: general principles of IAQ; interviewing techniques; building design and construction practices; basic understanding of heating and cooling systems and appliances; use of IAQ measurement equipment; interpretation of IAQ data; and technical report writing.
1.6 Although many elements described in this standard practice may be useful in training of IAQ investigators, it should not be used as the sole basis for specifying or conducting such training.
This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use. For additional safety precautionary information, see Section 6.