"Sick Building Syndrome"
Sick Building Syndrome (SBS) is used to describe situations in which building occupants experience acute health and comfort effects that appear to be linked to time spent in a building or part of the building but there is no specific illness.
- Building occupants may complain of symptoms associated with acute discomfort such as headache; eye, nose, or throat irritation; dry cough; dry or itchy skin; dizziness and nausea; difficulty in concentrating; fatigue; and sensitivity to odors.
- Most complaints fade away soon after leaving the building.
- Some of the main causes for SBS are inadequate ventilation, chemical contaminates from inside and outside the building and biological contaminants such as bacteria, molds, pollen, and viruses.
- One of the best solutions to SBS is to have a complete indoor air quality investigation and to follow the expert's advice from there.
Gandalf Associates specializes in indoor air quality investigations.