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G2 Conducts Fungal Assessment on Condominium in Beaverton

When a residential home builder and general contractor identified fungal growth on the exterior sheathing and insulation of a 4-story condominium complex, they retained G2 to inspect the property. Over the course of the project, G2 assisted with defining the scope of the repairs and determined the appropriate levels of mold remediation efforts. Project According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the presence of mold or fungus can pose a variety of health effects including, “nasal stuffiness, throat irritation, ... Read more

Oregon School District Conducts Radon Testing

In 2015 Oregon state passed House Bill 2931, requiring all school districts to test for the presence of radon and send test results to the Oregon Health Authority (OHA). Radon testing is to be completed by the beginning of 2021. In light of HB 2931, an Oregon school district recently contracted with G2 Consultants to quantify radon concentrations in their schools and associated facilities to determine if additional testing or mitigation efforts were warranted. The Need for Action Radon is colorless and has ... Read more

University Conducts Indoor Environmental Quality Assessment in Response to Occupant Concerns

Universities and colleges are high-density spaces that experience constant traffic throughout the day. Many colleges hold their classes in older buildings that need to be regularly assessed. The administration of a well known university utilized G2 Consultants to conduct an Indoor Environmental Quality sampling to ensure the comfort of the students and faculty. Why Was an Environmental Quality Assessment Necessary? Regular occupants of the building reported health concerns. Although previously assessed in 2012, the administration felt it was necessary to reassess in response ... Read more

Pre-Renovation Survey Readies Portland Building for Improvements

Renovations often bring exciting improvements to a facility. Careful planning ensures a favorable outcome. The planning phase is also the time when those involved must consider whether the upcoming renovations have the potential to cause health and safety issues for the building’s occupants. The managers of a City of Portland property relied on G2 Consultants to perform a pre-renovation survey that would help ensure the safety of workers and other people occupying the building during and after upcoming renovations.   Why was a ... Read more

Assessment and Remediation of PCBs in the Built Environment: New AIHA Guidance Document Now Available

The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) recently released “Assessment and Remediation of PCBs in the Built Environment” to provide guidance on the growing issues of concern surrounding PCBs in the built environment. Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are a group of man-made chemicals that were popularly used in construction and building materials. PCBs were manufactured from the late 1920’s until 1979 when PCB production was banned by the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). An estimated 154 million pounds of PCBs were sold in the United ... Read more

Lead in Your Drinking Water? Radon in your building?

Lead in drinking water has been in the news nationally, as well as here locally in Portland, Oregon. In fact, the levels of lead in drinking water in Portland are close to the federal top allowable safe amount. Portland has until August, yes, next month, to come up with a plan of action on how to correct this problem. Lead can get into drinking water in a couple ways. The first way is when lead is present in the water source, particularly ... Read more