Sick building syndrome (SBS) is a combination of ailments (a syndrome) associated with an individual's place of work (office building) or residence. A 1984 World Health Organization report into the syndrome suggested up to 30% of new and remodeled buildings worldwide may be linked to symptoms of SBS.
Though disheartened, Jacobs has heard it before. In 2003, aging buildings were an epidemic in her district. The cause: budget cuts, construction flaws, natural wear-and-tear. Undeterred, Jacobs and dozens of other education support professionals and teachers got together and created the Sick Building Syndrome Group
Where does the indoor pollution come from?
From volatile gasses that leach from synthetic carpets, wall coverings, and office furniture, especially brand new ones.
One suggestion is to replace the office furniture by switching to a carpet made with natural fibers like cotton or wool, and opening windows. Or, better yet, do away with carpets and have hardwood floors with a non-petrochemical based varnish.
The prevalence of work-related mucosal irritation and of work-related general symptoms in the employees differed highly between the individual town halls. The lowest prevalences of symptoms were found for the oldest town halls, whereas there were no statistically significant difference between naturally and mechanically ventilated buildings.
Symptoms of building sickness were studied among 4373 office workers in 42 different office buildings and 47 different ventilation conditions. The overall response rate was 92%.
The contributors include poor indoor air quality, excessive background noise, emissions from certain synthetic building and furnishing materials, inappropriate temperatures and airborne pollution. A link between SBS and inadequate levels of maintenance is suggested.
Sick building syndrome may be successfully treated by installing ultraviolet lights in ventilation systems, researchers have said.
Fortunately, a cure for sick building syndrome now exists. New Green building architectural concepts are finding much better, cost-effective solutions to sick building syndrome.
The employees reported fewer symptoms when the ultraviolet lights were operating and took less sick leave. They were aware that the lights had been installed, but could not tell when they had been switched on or off.
Sick building syndrome (SBS) is a combination of ailments (a syndrome) associated with an individual's place of work (office building), school, or residence. The term "sick building syndrome" (SBS) is used to describe situations in which building occupants experience acute health effects that appear to be linked to time spent in a building, but no specific illness or cause can be identified.
Pollutant source removal or modification is an effective approach to resolving an IAQ problem when sources are known and control is feasible. Examples include routine maintenance of HVAC systems, e.g., periodic cleaning or replacement of filters;