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The Humidity and Technical Indoor Climate Condition Survey can be useful when studying the condition and repair needs of a building before a major renovation.
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The Humidity and Technical Indoor Climate Condition Survey is always customised for the site
If a property you are managing requires a major renovation, the users are experiencing health problems or you suspect damage, Condition Survey is the right service for you! Discuss the survey needs with one of our experts to determine the survey scope.
The Condition Survey may include the following, for example:
- Indoor air measurements
- Opening structures
- Taking material samples
- Investigating the functionality of ventilation and air conditioning systems
What is a Humidity and Technical Indoor Climate Condition Survey?
A Humidity and Technical Indoor Climate Condition Survey is always performed in accordance with the guideline on humidity surveys and technical indoor climate condition surveys (Ympäristöopas 2016 by the Ministry of the Environment). The condition survey can be useful when studying the condition and repair needs of a building before a major renovation, or when occupants are having health problems that are suspected to have been caused by damage in the building structures. Even though the Humidity and Technical Indoor Climate Condition Survey usually covers the entire building, it can also be applied to specific structural elements or single rooms.
We recommend contacting one of our experts before making any decisions on the final survey scope so that you will get the maximum benefits from the survey to resolve the problem – and to ensure that the scope is not too large or too small.
Humidity and Technical Indoor Climate Condition Survey
There are regulations on the health and safety of buildings, residential premises and workplaces in the Land Use and Building Act (132/1999), the Health Protection Act (terveydensuojelulaki, 763/1994), the Occupational Safety and Health Act (738/2002), decrees and regulations based on these acts, as well as supplementary guidelines. Furthermore, the Housing Transactions Act (843/1994), the Limited Liability Housing Companies Act (1599/2009), the Consumer Protection Act (38/1978) and the Tort Liability Act (412/1974) directly or indirectly deal with the health and safety of buildings.
The party placing an order for a Humidity and Technical Indoor Climate Condition Survey is usually the property owner or their representative, such as a building manager, a technical building manager or a property manager. The actions specified in a Humidity and Technical Indoor Climate Condition Survey are part of the systematic maintenance of the property, and the client should include them in the long-term maintenance plan of the property.
Research plan guides the survey
A research plan is prepared for each Humidity and Technical Indoor Climate Condition Survey. For this purpose, a site visit is usually required in addition to an investigation of the site by means of reviewing initial data and conducting interviews.
The content of condition surveys varies depending on the assignment and the problems to be studied, and may include indoor air measurements, the opening of structures, material sampling, as well as investigation of the functionality of ventilation and air conditioning systems.
A survey report is prepared based on the measurements taken, observations made and samples taken. It presents conclusions and recommended actions. Usually, the survey report includes an assessment of the exposure conditions in the premises performed by a Building Health Expert (rakennusterveysasiantuntija, RTA). Other research needs may also be detected during the research plan/survey phase of the condition survey, such as the need to perform an exterior face or pipeline condition survey to promote systematic property maintenance and correctly schedule any repairs.