Dan Greenblatt becomes Vice President of the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA).

On March 15, 2015, at IAQA’s annual convention in Grapevine, TX, Envirotech’s president, Daniel Greenblatt, was elected Vice President of the Indoor Air Quality Association.  Dan is serving his sixth year on IAQA’s Board of Directors and is also the Chair of the membership committee.  Dan expressed great excitement, about “the consolidation with ASHRAE” , the world’s largest and most influential association of ventilation, heating and refrigeration engineers, and their reach to 54,000 members and 170 chapters in over 100 countries. Also, Dan will work with opportunities to increase IAQA’s efforts and reach in investigating and solving indoor air quality issues.   “Education, chapters, IAQ Standards and membership promotion are the areas that I will work with IAQA on over the coming year of my term as Vice President”.

Envirotech Clean Air, Inc. was established in 1988 from a desire to provide clean, safe indoor air for all people. Envirotech began as an HVAC Cleaning and Restoration company, better known as air duct cleaning, and was among the first members of the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA).

Today, Envirotech Clean Air, Inc. is one of the largest mold removal, specialty cleaning and HVAC Cleaning and restoration services in the Northeast. Envirotech Clean Air provides an array of clean air services.

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ENVIROTECH Specializes in Sensitive Homeowners Mold Remediation

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Envirotech specializes in cleaning home owner’s contents and family living areas for clients who are sensitive to chemicals or cannot tolerate moldy items or surfaces.

We work with indoor environmental consultants and developed a strategy for every project. “Every client is different”, saidVice President Steven Goselin, “we employ customized strategies that work for the individual homeowner or client.”

Residential Mold Remediation for living areas and contents

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The Typical Problem: Homeowners that are very sensitive to mold and chemicals have an Indoor Environmental Consultant find elevated levels of mold or contamination. They work with the consultant to diagnose and repair the source, and then write a very specific plan for remediation that takes all of their sensitivities, circumstances and needs into account.

The Remediation: Envirotech Clean Air’s project consultants and supervisors work with the homeowner and Indoor Air Professional to plan and execute the site specific remediation. Trained professional technicians and supervisors contain contaminated areas with engineering controls and contaminated porous building materials are removed. All surfaces in the work are cleaned of mold using HEPA filtered vacuums and any designated products. Contents are handled and cleaned according to the scope of work written by the consultant and agreed to by the homeowner and Envirotech. If any new areas of concern are discovered, the homeowner and consultant are contacted. When the project is complete, a post remediation verification should be performed by the environmental consultant. Envirotech pays special attention to sensitive homeowners needs.

The Coordination: Consultants, homeowners and Envirotech work together with any other trades involved to have the stressfulness of work being completed successfully go as smoothly as possible for everyone involved, especially the homeowner.

For information about Envirotech Clean Air’s individual and specialized remediation team, call Steven Goselin or Ron Fallon and the Envirotech team at 781-279-2900.  

ENVIROTECH’S EMERGENCY MOLD REMEDIATION AT AN AREA HOSPITAL

hospitalEnvirotech Clean Air recently cleaned and restored the HVAC mechanical system and ductwork at an area hospital, after heavy mold growth was found in several areas. The project took the Envirotech team into the emergency room, ICU and several other critical care areas. Work was performed on an emergency basis over long weekends and extended several weeks, with the Envirotech team working nights and weekends.

Problem: Severe mold growth on the interior supply ductwork serving hospital surgical and ICU suites.

Remediation: The internal fiberglass lining in the ductwork removed and the sheet metal ducts were scraped, cleaned and scrubbed with a fungistat. The interior ductwork and the air were tested by an independent industrial hygiene consultant, and the exterior of the ductwork was wrapped.

Coordination: The project was performed over one weekend on an emergency basis with 24 technicians and supervisors. The project was coordinated with the HVAC Mechanical contractor, hospital facility personnel, and the independent industrial hygiene consultant.

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ENVIROTECH JOINS ASHRAE AS IAQA AND ASHRAE MERGE

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ASHRAE and the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA) have agreed to join forces, combining resources to improve indoor air quality in the built environment. ASHRAE was formerly the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers.

IAQA will become a part of the ASHRAE organization while maintaining its own brand and Board of Directors. IAQA will operate independently within ASHRAE’s organizational structure. IAQA headquarters has relocated from Rockville, Md., to Atlanta, Ga., home of ASHRAE’s international headquarters. The agreement was reached between the leadership of both associations and confirmed at ASHRAE’s 2014 Annual Conference that concluded earlier this month in Seattle, Wash, and the move was completed on August 15. 2014.

“This merger is beneficial to both ASHRAE and IAQA in that it strengthens the programs and services of both organizations,” Tom Phoenix, ASHRAE president, said. “The work of IAQA complements the work of ASHRAE in its standards, research, publications and educational offerings. We now combine our resources to ensure the industry receives the best indoor air quality technical guidance and educational programs possible, which means improved indoor air quality for the world around us.”

Dan Greenblatt, President of Envirotech Clean Air, Inc. and treasurer of IAQA, was a part of the management oversight and search team which fielded proposals from Association Management and related Indoor environmental associations, to be IAQA’s new management team. “ASHRAE formed in 1894 and has over 170 chapters and 54,000 members” says Dan. “We are proud to be a part of such a world class association both nationally and at the Boston Chapter”.

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Healthy Schools Provide Clean Indoor Air Quality for Students & Faculty

Last week, National Healthy Schools Day was recognized and brought national attention to the indoor environment of the nation’s schools. The day of recognition began in 2002 and is coordinated by the Healthy Schools Network in partnership with other groups and organizations.

A crucial component to a healthy school is the indoor air quality (IAQ) that students, teachers and the rest of the faculty breathe. In recognition of this fact, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has developed a wide range of resources to help schools improve their IAQ with their Tools for Schools Action Kit. In it, EPA states, “Most people are aware that outdoor air pollution can impact their health, but indoor air pollution can also have significant, harmful effects. EPA studies of human exposure to air pollutants indicate that indoor levels of pollutants may be two to five times—and occasionally more than 100 times—higher than outdoor levels. EPA and its Science Advisory Board consistently rank indoor air pollution among the top five environmental health risks to the public.”

There are many environmental pollutants that can cause issues in a school and a common one is mold. Problems can even be caused by mechanical issues such as poor ventilation, contaminated HVAC ducts or improper building operations. All of these can directly impact a student’s ability to learn and even cause an increase in absenteeism.

“In Massachusetts and across New England, Envirotech Clean Air provides schools with services to ensure their students can focus on learning,” said Daniel Greenblatt, President of Envirotech Clean Air, Inc. “Our specialists have extensive experience in providing schools with mold remediation services, mechanical hygiene inspections and duct cleaning services. We understand the unique needs of school settings and how the HVAC system and sources of IAQ pollutants, such as mold, can impact the learning environment.”

Envirotech Clean Air Continues Commitment to the IAQ Industry

Last month, the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA) concluded their 17th Annual Meeting in Nashville, Tennessee. The meeting and exposition brings together professionals dedicated to preventing and solving indoor air quality (IAQ) issues around the globe.

During the event, IAQA held elections for a number of important leadership positions within the organization. These positions provide critical direction for IAQA’s continued growth and mission. Daniel Greenblatt, from Envirotech Clean Air, Inc., was elected to serve a one year term as the association’s Treasurer.

Mr. Greenblatt is the President of Envirotech and has a long history of involvement with IAQA. He has served as the association’s Vice President in the past and is currently the Chair of the Membership Committee and is on the Board of Directors. In addition, Mr. Greenblatt is a member of IAQA’s Ad-Hoc NAM Committee that is currently writing a white paper on the use on negative air machines.

IAQA is not the only organization that has benefited from Mr. Greenblatt’s expertise. He was the past Vice Chair of the Restoration Industry Association’s (RIA) Environmental Council which drafted and produced the ANSI/IESO/RIA Standard 6001: Evaluation of Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Interior Surfaces to Determine the Presence of Fire-Related Particulate as a Result of a Fire in a Structure. Mr. Greenblatt and the team at Envirotech are also active members of NADCA and the company maintains the largest number of NADCA certified Air Systems Cleaning Specialists (ASCS) in New England.

“With over a quarter of a century of investigating, cleaning, remediating and resolving IAQ issues, the role of Treasurer for IAQA is a great opportunity to utilize my experiences to further the efforts of the association,” said Mr. Greenblatt. “I look forward to continuing IAQA’s goal of bringing practitioners together to prevent and solve indoor environmental problems for the benefit of all people.”

SENSITIVE HOMEOWNERS SPECIALTY CLEANING

The professionals at Envirotech Clean Air take pride in being the specialty cleaning and remediation company that very sensitive clients can depend on for results.

Envirotech specializes in cleaning home owner’s contents and family living areas.    Clients who are sensitive to chemicals or cannot physically tolerate moldy items or surfaces, hire the professionals at Envirotech.  First and foremost, we protect our clients and personnel from contamination.  We work with indoor environmental consultants and developed a strategy for every project which may include using new equipment, HEPA vacuuming, wiping surfaces and engineering controls that exhaust air to the outdoors.  “Every client is different”, said Vice President Steven Goselin, “we employ customized strategies that work for the individual homeowner or client.”  

For information about Envirotech Clean Air’s individual and specialized remediation team, call Steven Goselin the Envirotech team at 781-279-2900.  Breathe Easier, Envirotech has cleared the air.

ENVIROTECH’S EMERGENCY HVAC DUCT CLEANING DIVISION

Emer-Duct-Cleaning-longEnvirotech Clean Air’s  emergency fire duct cleaning division is comprised of highly qualified and experienced HVAC and commercial duct cleaning technicians.  Envirotech’s disaster duct cleaners come quickly  as an elite group of trained and certified HVAC air duct cleaning restoration specialists.  They react to emergency situations for public or private clients.

Envirotech is the most highly qualified and recommended commercial duct cleaning service known for providing outstanding service, whether responding to a local church devastated by fire,  office buildings, schools or universities, commercial buildings or homes.  We restore indoor air quality after fires and perform duct cleaning restoration services for large commercial projects and smaller home disasters.

Both commercial and residential clients  count on Envirotech for all their duct cleaning disaster restoration services because they know that the job will be done correctly and the HVAC Mechanical systems will be restored.

Envirotech Clean Air, Inc. www.BreathEasier.com.  800-698-1300

INDIVIDUALIZED MOLD & SPECIALTY CLEANING FOR SENSATIVE HOMEOWNERS

In October, an Envirotech team of mold remediation and cleaning specialists completed a project for a very sensitive homeowner near Boston.  The client was extremely sensitive to both mold and the cleaning chemicals normally used in remediation projects, and had not been able to live in her house for three months.  Envirotech Vice President Steven Goselin, the client and her consultants developed an individual strategy for the project which included using new equipment, HEPA vacuuming and engineering controls that exhausted all air to the outdoors.  “Every client is different”, said Goselin, “and we come up with strategies that work for the homeowner.  We take pride in being the remediation company that very sensitive clients can depend on for results.”

For information about Envirotech Clean Air’s individual and specialized remediation team, call Steven Goselin the Envirotech team at 781-279-2900.  Breathe Easier, Envirotech has cleared the air.

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A new cooling tower delivered water to the fan coils of this building in Boston MA; however, the water that was delivered was five to eight degrees cooler than the old system. Because of this, the pipes began to sweat, creating a moisture problem in both the walls and fan coil units. This moisture caused mold to grow in and on the walls, coils, and on the insulation of the fan unit housing.

The remediation we performed included: establishing individual containments, creating a negative airflow, removed and safely transported over 50 fan coil housings, double bagged them, and brought them down to the containment basement where they were stripped for insulation. We cleaned and sanitized the remaining parts of the fan coil housings, and reinsulated them with closed cell foam insulation.

The walls next to the fan housing units were also contaminated, and needed to be removed. We cleaned and sanitized the walls and pipes, and reinsulated the pipes with cell foam.

During this mold remediation project, we coordinated with the facility manager, the facility staff, and the management company’s Industrial Hygienist and attorneys.

For more information on our mold removal services, please give EnviroTech a call today at 781-279-2900. We are looking forward to helping create clean indoor air quality for your home or business!