The source of an odour can be difficult to identify particularly within indoor environments. There are many potential sources and air-flow paths which can exist within a building. Building features such as stairwells, lift and service shafts, the heating ventilation and air-conditioning system (HVAC) and other wall and ceiling penetrations provide routes for the dissemination of odours.
Common sources of nuisance odours within the built environment include:
Drinking water, grey water and black water systems
Rubbish, solid waste or waste treatment systems
Fires, floods and other disasters
Building materials, carpet, paint and surface coatings
Solvents and cleaning chemicals
Furniture and fittings
Mould and wet materials
Kitchen canopies and oils
Vehicles and other combustion sources
Rodents and other animals
Fugitive emissions from neighbours
Biosafety International is able to assist with odour control assessments using a range of modern methods and laboratories.
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