Ivi Sims, AM.AIRAH

Building Environmental Wellness Group
Heat removal of VOC
(Reference: Seonghyun Park1 and Janghoo Seo2,* NCBI article (2018))

In building construction, bake-out is the use of heat to remove volatile organic compounds (VOC) such as solvents remaining in paint, carpets, and other building materials after construction, to reduce annoying odours or improve indoor air quality. The building interior is heated to a much higher temperature than normal and kept at that temperature for an extended period of time to encourage such compounds to vaporise into the air, which is then vented (released to the atmosphere). The study of building bake-out has been established for more than 30 years. Sims will present an overview on how useful this technique can be to help expedite VOC from a building, but also the hazards of performing a bake-out and not expelling gases correctly. Sims will review two case studies from Townsville – one a new townhouse and the other an established townhouse where bake-outs were performed.

About Sims: 
Sims has more than 20 years’ experience in the restoration industry. She has presented at various national and international conferences, including the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA) conference, ISSA Conference Sydney  and Worldwide Cleaning Industry Association (ISSA) conference.

In 2016, Sims First Director the Indoor Air Quality Association Australian Chapter (IAQAA) and is the editor of the upcoming Healthy Indoor Magazine, which deals with many indoor air quality topics including mould and building science. Sims is part of the indoor air quality strategic working group for AIRAH and was past president of the Victoria Specialist Cleaning and Restoration Association (SCRP). Sims also sits on international committees that help to develop standards and promote the industry.