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Continuous IAQ Monitoring: Wins and Pitfalls

A new white paper dives into continuous air-quality monitoring, helping make the technology and practices accessible to more projects.

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The new white paper covers everything from why continuous monitoring is a good idea to how to leverage the data.

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Good indoor air quality is vital to sustainable building, but accomplishing it—and verifying that you’ve done so—is not easy. “Considerations for Continuous Air Quality Monitoring: Simple tips for getting it right, according to IAQ consultants” is a free white paper, written by members of the BuildingGreen Peer Networks, designed to help readers navigate issues with verifying IAQ performance through continuous monitoring.

With technologies and best practices still emerging, continuous IAQ monitoring can seem daunting. The white paper walks readers through the process, with information on:

  • Surveys vs. testing vs. monitoring—This section runs down the pros and cons of each approach.
  • Continuous monitoring in rating systems and certifications—RESET, WELL, and LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance differ in what you have to measure and how you measure it.
  • Choosing a monitoring system—Measurement parameters, power and data storage, and calibration schedules all come into play.
  • Monitor placement—It’s important to ensure that monitors are in the “breathing zone” and reflect actual occupied conditions (not the best-case scenario near vents and filters).
  • Integration with building automation systems—It may not be wise to allow sensors to control the BAS, but integration could still be a good idea.
  • Leveraging the data—This section helps readers understand what the data mean and how to move forward.

“With a basic understanding of what to consider when selecting monitors, where to place them, and how to use the data, nearly every project can use this tool to improve indoor air quality,” the paper concludes.

Published April 21, 2022

Melton, P. (2022, April 21). Continuous IAQ Monitoring: Wins and Pitfalls. Retrieved from

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