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Sick Building Syndrome

Sick Building Syndrome (SBS) is term that describes any negative health effects or discomfort caused by elements of a building. SBS refers to a set of symptoms that cannot be defined as a specific illness but seem to be linked to spending time in a particular room, zone, or entire building. Occupants who experience SBS only report symptoms when inside a certain building, and experience relief shortly after exiting. SBS is believed by some to be a result of “tight” buildings from the mid-1970s that were built with windows that could not open to conserve energy. As a result, fungi, pesticides, fumes, and other air pollutants became trapped inside the building, producing negative health effects in employees.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) claims that health problems from SBS are often caused by operation or maintenance methods that were not originally intended for the building. When SBS is reported, building managers survey the building for poorly cleaned areas, water damage, and other factors that may be contributing to employee discomfort or health problems.

Learn more about indoor environmental quality and how it can contribute to your health.

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Read about Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS), another health hazard of poorly designed buildings.
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