Thursday, October 20, 2016
Bates College, Lewiston, ME

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A thorough, diagnostic building investigation can often identify and solve an indoor air quality problem or complaint.  This program will focus on the methods and tools available to employers, building owners, and facility managers to uncover the root cause of an IAQ complaint in a larger building, and provide an overview of the available visual inspection and measurement techniques. This is a “hands-on” training:  participants will be introduced to concepts and techniques in a classroom setting, and then spend the rest of the day practicing these investigative strategies in actual facilities.

Participants will learn:

  • Basic building diagnostic skills
  • What to look for in a building investigation and how to look for it
  • What you can see in a visual inspection
  • What you can measure:  measurement tools and what they tell you
  • Overview of the U.S. EPA Building Air Quality Guide: still the definitive guide for building owners and managers to diagnose and resolve IAQ problems in larger buildings.

Who Should Attend:

  • Employers
  • Building Owners
  • Facility Maintenance Staff
  • Industrial Hygienists
  • Commercial Building Inspectors
  • Codes Officials
  • Environmental Health & Safety Personnel
  • Environmental Testing and Remediation Professionals
  • Anyone interested in building their skills to minimize and resolveIAQ problems

Program Schedule:

7:30 a.m.         Registration and Networking

8:15 a.m.         Classroom Presentation with Video:  How to Conduct an Effective Building Walk-Through Investigation


Steve Caulfield, P.E., CIH, President, Turner Building Science & Design, Harrison, ME

Another panelist TBA

10:00 a.m.        Hands-on Building Investigations

We will divide attendees into smaller groups, each lead by a knowledgeable team leader.  Participants will go on-site to a variety of larger buildings on the Bates College campus, practicing the visual and measurement investigation skills presented in the classroom session. 

12:30 p.m.        Lunch (included in registration fee)

1:30 p.m.          Putting It All Together

The group will spend time after lunch discussing the results of their visual and measurement gathering investigations, and what those results might mean for resolving or preventing IAQ issues in buildings.

3:30 p.m.         Adjourn

About the Presenters

Steve Caulfield, P.E., CIH, President, Turner Building Science & Design – Harrison, ME

Steve Caulfield is President of Turner Building Science & Design, based in Harrison, Maine.  Steve is also the President of the Maine Indoor Air Quality Council.  He has over twenty-five years of experience in mechanical engineering, industrial hygiene and indoor air quality studies.  Steve received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Hartford.


Continuing Education Credits