Environmental Audits

Building environment assessment involves the physical measurement, documentation review, and inspection of targeted and selected areas in a building that may have an impact on the environment. Additionally, it involves the human responses to the physical environment (thermal comfort, air quality, acoustic comfort, and visual comfort).
The major objective of the assessment is to identify any mandatory or desirable improvements and to assess the overall building environment in line with the building owner’s risk manual.

This is achieved through a regime of physical measurements and data logging, a building inspection, a desktop review and interviews with key building management. The assessment includes the following:

  • indoor air quality measurements to assess and characterise the building environment from the perspectives of comfort and occupational health and safety
  • water quality including hot water temperature assessments to establish compliance with Australian Standards and legislative or other relevant requirements
  • visual inspection of the building ventilation systems to establish compliance with, health, hygiene and safety requirements;
  • determination of the presence of controlled substances (including hazardous materials) and associated management plans
  • a desktop review to ascertain environmental controls and contamination controls are in place

Assess potential environmental impacts that may be associated with the current and past operations on the site through:

  • review of waste streams and disposal procedures;
  • due consideration of potential areas of environmental risk through contamination;
  • location and extent of hazardous materials

SERVICES & EXPERIENCE

Hibbs & Associates Pty Ltd personnel are highly qualified and experienced in building environment assessments and can provide the above services that comprise of the following main components.

Indoor Air and Water Quality Assessment

  • airborne respirable dust measurements (PM10)
  • airborne microbiology (fungi/mould/bactreia)
  • carbon dioxide
  • carbon monoxide
  • thermal comfort (temperature and relative humidity)
  • volatile organic chemicals
  • potable water sampling
  • hot water systems
  • Visual Inspection
  • building ventilation systems
  • cooling towers
  • Hazardous and Controlled Substances
  • asbestos, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and lead in paint
  • dangerous goods and chemical storage
  • ozone depleting substances
  • waste management (storm water, trade waste, solid/liquid waste)

Preliminary Building Environment Review

  • Compilation of site history through historical title searches and review of aerial photographs
  • Review of regulatory compliance through DECCW and Council searches
  • Location of site in relation to surrounding land use
  • Potential for site contamination (above and below ground storage tanks, pesticides)

For further information regarding building environment assessments contact:
Philip Hibbs on 0418 356 784
Tin Win on 0413 021 510