Last December, global safety science specialist UL announced that its services addressing healthier and more sustainable indoor spaces will now be available through the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), an independent agency of the U.S. federal government that manages, supports and supplies products and services to government agencies.
UL notes that its extensive experience, science-based review process, and multidisciplinary team in the healthy building space provide expertise and testing capabilities for a range of services. These may include:
- Indoor air quality assessment, including but not limited to HVAC system inspections, ventilation and filtration.
- American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers Standard 188 -compliant legionella risk assessment for building spaces to establish water quality for both human consumption and waterborne pathogens.
- Lead in air, paint and water testing.
- Mold and moisture surveys.
- Radon testing—short or long term.
UL notes that GSA processes streamline the government sales process with pre-established pricing, terms and conditions that government buyers can purchase from a company.
Per the announcement, based on the GSA contracted terms, UL’s Healthy Building services are available across agencies, are open-ended and have no set amount for the number of services available to order. Thanks to negotiated terms with GSA, the purchasing government entity will receive a 5% service discount if five or more buildings need air quality testing and analyses.
While federal agencies use GSA contracts to purchase products and services, state and local governments also may use GSA purchasing power for their needs, including the purchase of UL’s Healthy Building services, as well as special disaster recovery service purchases.
Government agencies researching indoor environment services can find information on UL Healthy Building Services on the GSA website.
“As government agencies move to pre-pandemic facility occupancy levels, demand is growing for healthier indoor spaces,” says Sean McCrady, director, Asset and Sustainability Performance, Real Estate Properties at UL. “Government building operators will need to address tenant and occupant concerns by creating indoor environments that support occupant health and well-being.”