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Proper Storage of Building Supplies for Good IAQ
May 8, 2009 - Contact FacilitiesNet Editorial Staff »
Don’t use mechanical rooms for storage of building supplies and chemicals. Doing so could hurt your facility’s indoor air quality.
Mechanical rooms often act as mixing-air plenums for return and outside air and are part of the ventilation air stream. Building materials such as ceiling tiles, paints and carpets, and cleaning supplies can be a source of odors, dust particulate and volatile organic compounds.
If these materials are stored in a mechanical room, spilling or moving them will create dust and odors that can contaminate the supply air stream. Instead, these materials should be stored in a location that has local exhaust, away from outdoor air intakes.