DFM→Division of Sustainability and Compliance→IAQ
The Indoor Air Quality Unit within the Division of Sustainability and Compliance (DSC) focuses on identifying and resolving IAQ concerns reported by school staff and students. A combination of more than 60 years experience in IAQ investigations along with access to skilled trades workers within the Division of Maintenance and Operations means that sources of problems are quickly found and resolved so that good IAQ is restored and maintained. IAQ-related complaints can be submitted by MCPS employees or parents for any school, office, or support facility using the IAQ Complaint Form. Once the complaint is investigated, a response plan is developed which may tap onto resources from DMO, DSC or on-call contractors. In addition to conducting investigations, The IAQ Unit conducts annual monitoring of schools considered to be at high risk for elevated indoor humidity and associated mold growth. This program usually runs from May through October and makes use of wireless temperature/humidity sensors that provide notifications of potential indoor humidity problems. Suspect problems are investigated and a response plan usually involves groups across the Department of Facilities Management (DFM).