Anonymous asked in Education & ReferenceHomework Help · 1 decade ago

Tell me 5 facts about Sick Buildings.?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Sick building causes are frequently pinned down to flaws in the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems.

    'Cured' by boosting the overall turn-over rate in fresh air exchange with the outside air.

    Other causes have been attributed to contaminants produced by out-gassing of some types of building materials, or improper exhaust ventilation of light industrial chemicals used within.

    Building occupants complain of symptoms such as:


    Eye, nose, or throat irritation

    Dry cough; dry or itchy skin

    Dizziness and nausea

    Difficulty in concentrating


    Sensitivity to odours

    Increased incidence of asthma attacks/appearance of asthma in non-asthmatics

    Personality changes such as rage/weeping/paranoia/depression

    Putative cases of bronchitis or pneumonia which do not respond to antibiotic treatment

    Symptoms resembling Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

    To the owner or operator of a "sick building", the symptoms may include high levels of employee sickness or absenteeism, lower productivity, low job satisfaction and high employee turnover.

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