Building Science

Building Science

IS YOUR BUILDING A HEALTH RISK?

Whether you are concerned with asbestos, lead, PCBs, dust, soot or other fine particles such as carbon black, mold, bacteria, radon, or other gases, Bureau Veritas’ extensive experience and historical successes will be an asset to your sampling and analytical programs.

  • Asbestos

    ARE YOU RENOVATING A BUILDING BUILT BEFORE 1990?

    Asbestos is a general term used for a group of six, naturally occurring silicate minerals: Chrysotile, Amosite, Crocidolite, Anthophyllite, Tremolite and Actinolite. Asbestos was used in a wide variety of everyday products, including floor tiles, ceiling tiles, roofing, brakes, siding and insulation of attics, walls and pipes and is commonly found in commercial, industrial and residential structures constructed before the 1990s.  

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  • Lead in Paint

    WAS YOUR HOME BUILT BEFORE 1980?

    Homes built prior to 1980 are very likely to contain lead-based paint whereas consumer indoor paint produced in North America after 1992 is almost certain to be free of lead.

    Leaded paint becomes a health hazard when it begins to deteriorate (chip, flake, peel, or crack). In an undisturbed state, surfaces covered with leaded paint pose a health risk if chewed by children or pets. When disposing of building materials analyses for lead or leachate lead may be required by landfill authorities.

    Bureau Veritas can help you properly identify lead in paint and other building materials as required for compliance with provincial and territorial regulations. 

  • Legionella

    HAS YOUR COOLING TOWER WATER BEEN TESTED FOR LEGIONELLA?

    The main exposure to the bacteria is through contaminated cooling tower water on building roofs when water droplets containing Legionella are spread through the HVAC system. Regular testing of cooling tower water is recommended to identify the presence of Legionella.

    Bureau Veritas offers an enumeration method for Legionella spp by culture with the identification of Legionella pneumophila, the principal species causing legionellosis. 

  • Microscopy

    UNIQUE SOLUTIONS TO CHALLENGING PROBLEMS

    • Materials Characterization
    • Nanomaterials Analysis
    • Method Development
    • Carbon Black & Soot

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  • Polychlorinated Biphenyls

    DETECT AND MONITOR THE PRESENCE OF HARMFUL PCBS

    Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) are stable synthetic compounds that were added to electrical components, light ballasts, paints, caulking, sealants, and asphalt prior to their ban in 1977.PCBs are suspected carcinogens that persist in the environment as well as in human and animal tissue. Bureau Veritas can test your building materials for PCBs allowing proper characterization and management of hazardous waste materials.

  • Radon

    ACCESS OUR SPECIAL RADON SAMPLING CONTAINERS

    Radon is a colorless, odorless gas that occurs naturally in the environment and is the most significant source of natural radiation. Because it is a gas, it can easily move between bedrock, soil and water. It becomes a concern when it builds up to higher concentrations indoors. 

    Contact Bureau Veritas to obtain an Electret Ion Chamber (E-PERM®) to test the air in your home or building. Electrets are available for either short or long term testing.

    Radon gas is relatively insoluble in water and certain care is therefore required when sampling. Please contact Bureau Veritas to obtain special sampling containers to collect water for radon testing in water.

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