When buildings have an indoor air quality (IAQ) problem it can lead to a host of serious issues. Health problems, decreased productivity, loss of property values, environmental regulations and lawsuits can all result. Many times when IAQ issues become apparent in a building they have been caused by a combination of factors that can encompass building design, HVAC systems, structural problems and numerous other contributing factors.
When IAQ issues due happen it can be a daunting task for a commercial or residential property owners or managers to determine what type of environmental professional can resolve their problem. Currently there are perhaps tens of thousands of people, and companies, claiming to be IAQ or Mold Experts. There are no federal regulations and few states that have any controls related to the industry.
Fortunately there is an independent certifying body for IAQ professionals that the public can turn to in order to distinguish between the true professionals in the field and those that may not be qualified. The American Council for Accredited Certification (ACAC) has more than 4,000 certified professional in the United States and abroad at the moment.
According to the ACAC website these professionals, “… work in fields like mold inspection, mold remediation, asbestos removal, infection control consulting, home inspection, indoor air quality management and microbial claims adjusting. ACAC designations require extensive knowledge and field experience. They also require 40 hours of continuing professional development every two years. ACAC certifications are board awarded by a nationwide panel of industry peers.”
The ACAC has been raising the bar for IAQ professionals since the original association was founded in 1994. It is currently designated a not-for-profit 501(c) 6 entity and continues its mission as it “…promotes awareness, education and certification for professionals. Our mission is to establish credible certification programs that provide value to certificants, their clients and the public. It is our goal to serve the public interest with integrity as an independent certifying body.”
One company that has always strived to not only provide the market with the most effective IAQ investigations, but also to distinguish their expertise through certifications, is EC2, Inc. (ec2). The environmental and consulting services company has built a solid reputation for resolving environmental issues quickly and without major disruption to activities or loss for their customers.
Ed Chambers, the President of ec2, strongly believes in certifications and continued training for ec2 to keep on top of changing regulations and new technologies. The company’s memberships, accreditations and certifications include not only those from the ACAC, but also from the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA); American Society of Healthcare Engineer’s (ASHE); Healthcare Engineering Society of Northern Illinois (HESNI); Carpet and Rug Cleaners Institute of Illinois (CRCII), Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA), Chamber of Commerce and professional licenses from the Illinois Department of Public Health.
With over 4,000 IAQ investigations successfully resolved and decades of experience in the environmental, construction, facility, and preventive maintenance activities, ec2 offers true IAQ solutions.