1. Identify the source of vapor intrusion
2. Asses the extent and severity of contamination
3. Mitigate or eliminate vapor intrusion by controlling sources, sealing cracks, and/or venting the outside air
Vapor intrusion is one of the more prominent environmental issues that have arisen in recent years and will continue to be a major problem for decades. If you are an architect who is faced with this type of issue, it can be difficult to effectively mitigate the vapor intrusion without additional support. This carticle discusses some of the most common signs that you may be facing a vapor intrusion as well as what steps must be taken to resolve it appropriately.
Vapor intrusion is a fairly new concept for most architects and engineers.
The EPA states, “Vapor intrusion has been identified as one of the top five environmental concerns in the United States” (EPA, 2014).
For those unfamiliar with the term, vapor intrust (VI) is a process by which volatile chemicals in soil and groundwater can migrate into buildings. This migration occurs because of inadequate subsurface barriers, such as intact foundation walls that prevent any type of movement between the indoor air and outside ground-water/soil. VI is typically found in areas where there has been some sort of industrial or manufacturing concern; these contaminants are put into the environment but do not have a way out other than through breathing space in an occupied building.
MTN-inc has developed a vapor mitigation system into buildings from contaminated soil and groundwater.
Waterproofing commercial buildings is a necessity. Since most of your tenants are not going to enjoy working in a flooded building, it’s important that you take the time and expense to waterproof properly.
One of themost popular ways to waterproof commercial buildings is by using a commercial roof coating. It’s easy, cost-effective, and can last for years.