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Online Survey

Revised 22/8/08.

This is a Subjective Evaluation of Environmental Factors Known to have Important Medical Consequences from common insults while occupying the typical home, school, or office building. Size, age, location, and construction materials are irrelevant. This survey is formulated from well over 35 years environmental experience in Chemical, Physical, and Biological monitoring, a B.S. in Chemistry, and five years as a Chemist with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency conducting research for the Clean Water Act, and 'Clean Soils Act' that was killed, in 1985, by a movie actor in the White House.

The survey purpose is to establish how much an environment is detracting from good health and longevity, and narrow down changes will make efficient improvements. It also reveals what Architects, HVAC Engineers, building materials manufacturers, real estate brokers, and financiers are really up to, don't want you to know, and provide some corrective action tools.

The goal is to get as far above 100 points as possible. Fear not when scores are low. Properties scoring low usually show more gain per dollar spent!

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Evaluation Questions to Estimate Risk - Higher is better

For Homes:

Click here for Offices and Schools Survey
Build Your Score
Was your home designed by an Architect? Yes
No
If yes, start with 5 points. If no, start with 4 points.
If yes, was the Architect a green builder? Yes
No
If yes add 5 points.
Did  the  Architect have Industrial Hygiene monitoring and make recommended modifications prior to move in? Yes
No
If yes, add 30 points.
Was the philosophy of the designer something like: "The design must implement all known methods of optimizing IEQ currently available, starting with selection of non toxic  building  materials throughout to protect users and occupants as much as possible from known insults. It will employ common, active ventilating hardware & techniques as well as properly selected air purification media"? Yes
No

If Yes, add 15 points.

Was  this  home purchased recently with full and complete disclosure of former users'  health  complaints that were subsequently used by an IH to  optimize the structure? Yes
No
If Yes, add 15 points.
 
Was the home tested twice (with & without frozen ground) for radon and  results showed levels below 4 pCi/L? Yes
No
If Yes, add 4 points.
Did test results reveal higher levels and remediation, with follow up monitoring, was implemented to control all other things that proper radon remediation will reduce? Yes
No
If Yes, add 20 points.
Does the remediation design and modifications implement solar heating and  cooling  of  make up air (which comes from outside) with as few moving  parts  & maintenance as possible minimizing energy consumption with an R.O.I. of less than 7  years? (This will make resources available for  other  improvements as well as demonstrate solar viability. ) Yes
No
If Yes, add 7 points.
Were previously wetted area(s) fully remediated with an established flood or disaster remediation firm? Yes
No
If Yes, add 4points.
Was the wetted area fully remediated under IH oversight with follow up monitoring? Yes
No
If Yes, add 24 points.
Was all lead remediation based on results of final air analyses? Yes
No
If Yes, add 35 points.
Was all asbestos remediation based on results of final air analyses? Yes
No
If Yes, add 35 points.
Are all windows operable? Yes
No
If Yes, add 14 points.
Does one have a large, frequently used window fan with an opposite window that is always open during use? Yes
No
If Yes, add 5 points.
Has the home had a comprehensive IEQ assessment; load analysis by a professional engineer;  all recommended, necessary modifications, including a purifying make up air supply system, with no tool access, proper lighting; and follow up I.H. monitoring to verify performance and ascertain if any other insults remain? Yes
No
If Yes, add 35 points.
Deduct from Your Score:
Was the home priced over $500,000? (Such a home will have the `best' windows, doors and caulking making it air tight most of the time. Such a structure will worsen with time. Yes
No
If yes, subtract 18 points.
Was the home built without environmental site audits, level I & II? Yes
No
If yes, subtract 15 points.
Is the potable water supply a well that serves fewer than 25 families? Yes
No
If yes, subtract 15 points.
Does the home or yard have green, pressure treated lumber? Yes
No
If yes, subtract 8 points.
Is the home built over an unvented dirt crawl space, with or without access? This includes newer homes built on expansive soils with the bottom floor built above an excavated, unvented pit to prevent heaving. Yes
No
If yes, subtract 24 points.
Was  the home built between 1910 and 1980, and has no asbestos (ACM)  inspection? Yes
No
If yes, subtract 20 points.  
Was ACM found but not remediated? Yes
No
If yes, subtract 22 points.  
Was the home built before 1987 and has not had a lead inspection or was  loose lead paint found but not remediated? Yes
No
If yes, subtract 25 points.
Was the remediation done improperly? Yes
No
If yes, subtract 35 points.
Is this home built with the best windows, doors and sealants, and is air tight by a leak test? Yes
No
If yes, subtract 25 points.
Does the home's furnace have a combustion air supply duct from the outside? Yes
No
If yes, subtract 12 points.
Is the home located within 30 kms of a nuclear, military, government facility or a government contractor's facility? Yes
No
If yes, subtract 15 points.
Has  this  facility been in the news for environmental problems or  violations? Yes
No
If yes, subtract 15 points.
Has  this place or parts of it ever been wet for more than 72 hours? Yes
No
If yes, subtract 24 points.
Was the home pretreated with pesticides during construction, subtract 15 points; well after construction? Yes
No
If yes, subtract 13 points.
Was  a  realtor used? Yes
No
If yes, subtract 6 points.

Are they a friend? (No laws force realtors  to  sell homes that are in fact free of life shortening, preventable insults. Realtors are in the business for only one reason.)

Yes
No
If yes, subtract 2 points.
Total: ____________________________


For Offices/Schools:
(Note the differences as one spends much more time  at home than work.)

Build Your Score:
Was the philosophy of the designer something like: "The design must implement all known methods of optimizing IEQ currently available, starting with selection of non-toxic  building  materials throughout to protect users and occupants as much as possible from known insults. It will employ common, active ventilating hardware & techniques as well as properly selected air purification media". Yes
No
If yes, add 15 points.
Was  this  facility purchased recently with full and complete disclosure  of  former users'  health  complaints that were subsequently used by an IH to  optimize  the structure? Yes
No
If yes, add 15 points.
Does  the facility have an IEQ management plan? Add 4 points. Is this a  written plan  created under the direction of an I.H. that is in continuous use? Yes
No
If yes, add 25 points.
Does the remediation design and modifications implement solar heating and cooling  of  make up air (which comes from outside) with as few moving  parts  & maintenance as possible minimizing energy consumption with an R.O.I. of less than 7  years? (This will make resources available for other improvements as well as demonstrate solar viability.) Yes
No
If yes, add 7 points.
Is  this  a school implementing all parts of the U.S. E.P.A.'s "Tools  for  Schools Program"? Yes
No
If yes, add 6 points.
Has  the maintenance staff been trained in IPM, add 5; and implement  it  with adequate funding? Yes
No
If yes, add 17 points.
Has this facility implemented the GSA routine building IEQ assessment plan,  mandated by taxpayers in 1989, with an I.H. implementing findings promptly? Yes
No
If yes, add 25 points.
Do  the facility maintenance staff have respect, adequate funding, and the discretionary authority to bring in professional Industrial Hygienist(s)? Yes
No
If yes, add 25 points.
Was  the building designed to handle the three different kinds of IEQ  problems, i.e.,  expected long term exposure to insults; short term unexpected  insults; and immediately harmful, unexpected substance spills? Yes
No
If yes, add 20 points.
Was the area fully remediated with a well established flood or disaster  remediation firm? Yes
No
If yes, add 4 points.
Was the wetted area fully remediated under IH oversight with follow up monitoring? Yes
No
If yes, add 24 points.
Were previously wetted area(s) fully remediated with an established flood or disaster remediation firm? Yes
No
If yes, add 4 points.
Was the wetted area fully remediated under IH oversight with follow up monitoring? Yes
No
If yes, add 24 points.
Was all lead remediation based on results of final air analyses? Yes
No
If yes, add 20 points.
Was all asbestos remediation based on results of final air analyses? Yes
No
If yes, add 20 points.
Are all windows operable? Yes
No
If yes, add 4 points.
Does one have a large, frequently used window fan with an opposite window that is always open when the fan is in use? Yes
No
If yes, add 5 points.
Has  the building had a comprehensive IEQ assessment; load analysis by a  professional engineer; all recommended, necessary modifications, including a purifying make up  air supply system with no tool access and proper lighting; and follow up  I.H. monitoring to verify performance? Yes
No
If yes, add 35 points.
Deduct From Your Score:
Has  this place or parts of it ever been wet for more than 72 hours? Yes
No
If yes, subtract 24 points.
Is the landlord indifferent in responding to IEQ complaints from occupants? Yes
No
If yes, subtract 28 points.
Was the facility built without level I & II environmental audits? Yes
No
If yes, subtract 15 points.
Was the facility built between 1910 and 1980 and has no asbestos assessment, I  & M program, nor removal. Yes
No
If yes, subtract 25 points.
Is the potable water supply a well that serves fewer than 25 families? Yes
No
If yes, subtract 15 points.
Total: ____________________________

It should not be forgotten that the above algorithm only addresses IEQ and not sources of other very important insults that are clearly known to reduce good health, e.g., other future development up wind of the facility of concern that has the potential to degrade your's. This is common in most urban settings. This algorithm ignores the age, medical condition and individuals' propensity for harm from an insult. We expect questions and clarifications on the above. Our phone number, since 1978, is still (303) 421-3383, from 0800 to 1700 Mountain Time, Monday thru Friday. Sorry, we do not accept collect calls.