• Annie

Sick Building Syndrome

Updated: Mar 13, 2020

The "Sick Building Syndrome" (SBS) or "Building Related Illness" (BRI) now-a-days is a very prominent issue in side the buildings. Especially at work places where more people are working in small spaces or air-tight spaces where there is no proper air ventilation.

Symptoms of Sick Building Syndrome

The most common symptoms of SBS or BRI are fatigue, headache, red eyes, eye/nose/throat irritation, dry cough, dry or itchy skin, dizziness, difficulty in focus on work etc. And when people change their space or go out suddenly they start feeling better and active. This happens just because of bad air quality inside the building.

Causes of Sick Building Syndrome

  • Improper ventilation in buildings: No open windows and doors. No good HVAC system.

  • Chemical contaminants from inside the buildings: Chemicals and adhesives, carpets, upholstery, furniture, copy machines, pesticides, carbon dioxide, nitrogen monoxide are the main source.

  • Chemical contaminants from outdoor source: The air which enters the building from outside contains air pollution i.e. pollutants from vehicle exhaust, plumbing vents and building exhausts.

  • Biological contaminants: Bacteria, molds, pollen and viruses are main type of biological contaminants. Causes of biological contaminants are; stagnant water, inadequate temperature, humidity and light.