Concern: Running Brook Elementary School: November 23rd, 2018 (CXRBES2018000092)

Gymnasium Office
Date of IEQ Report Form
Date of Report
The school reported mold growth on surfaces within the gym office.

Note: The Office of the Environment has recently transitioned to a new Online IEQ platform (as of August 2018). The new platform does not allow the back-dating of IEQ concerns. This concern is inappropriately dated November 23, 2018. The concern should be dated August 22, 2018.
IEQ Investigation Process

Identify deficiencies that may impact IEQ and/or sources of odor concerns. Typically includes the following depending on the nature of concern, but not limited to:

  • interview/questionnaire of concern individual(s)
  • inspection above drop ceiling (condition of roof deck, pipe insulation, return air plenum)
  • inspection of ventilation system (operation of variable air volume box and outdoor air dampers, check controls, measurements of carbon dioxide, temperature and relative humidity, sources near outdoor air intake, measure return and supply air volume, cleanliness of coils, liner and condensate pan)
  • inspection of exterior
  • inspection below drop ceiling (housekeeping, sink and floor drain traps, signs of past and present moisture concern via visual and/or moisture meter, mold growth, ensure connection of current and capping of abandoned sanitary vents, odorizers, excessive plants and fabric items, identify potential pathways, and measure volatile organic compounds, carbon monoxide, and lighting)

Date(s) of Assessment:  August 22, 2018

Relative humidity mold growth was observed on various surfaces within the gym office.

Surplus furniture was being stored within the gymnasium and had been there for a few weeks.

The gymnasium and gym storage were inspected for additional mold growth. Several pieces of furniture stored within the gym were found to have mold growth.

The mold growth was thought to be related to over cooling (creates condensate) of the office space and/or unconditioned warm humid air from the gym entering into the gym office.  Overall, this summer's extended and excessive moist air was a main contributor.

Corrective Actions
August 24th, 2018

Building Services took apart the ventilation unit within the gym office to clean components. Due to dirt accumulation, the surrounding ceiling tiles were also replaced.

August 27th, 2018

A Board approved restoration company was brought in to complete the cleaning / disinfecting of impacted surfaces and materials.

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