Significant among office building activities are the frequent redecorating, remodeling and repair activities undertaken by new commercial tenants that often have very different spatial and other business needs from those of the prior tenant. These activities and objects lead to emissions from new furnishings; dust and fibers from demolition, including lead and asbestos; odors and volatile organic and inorganic compounds from paint, caulk, adhesives, and microbiological agents released from demolition or remodeling activities.
Often special-use areas and mixed-use buildings present their own problems. These sources include smoking lounges (if still permitted to exist), laboratories, print shops, art rooms, exercise rooms, beauty salons, and food preparation areas such as company cafeterias. Help exists for building owners and facility managers attempting to find and remedy indoor air pollution.