Is your building making you sick? Literally.

Written by on May 17, 2013 in Bldg. Sys - Comments Off
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When it comes to sick buildings with poor air quality there are 3 degrees of sickness.

1. SBS – Sick Building Syndrome
2. BRI – Building Related Illness
3. MCS – Multiple Chemical Sensitivity

What is Sick Building Syndrome?

When you experience health-related symptoms that can’t be directly linked to any particular cause.

Symptoms of Sick Building Syndrome (not an exhaustive list)

Irritation, dry skin, fatigue, respiratory issues, and dizziness.

Do symptoms decline once you leave the building?

Yes

Other solutions for Sick Building Syndrome?

“can be controlled or eliminated by removing the source of the contamination, improving ventilation, and the use of air purifiers or other technologies.” (Green Living)

What is Building Related Illness?

When you experience health-related symptoms that CAN be directly linked to certain building contaminants

What causes Building Related Illness?

“caused by exposure to substances within airtight buildings that have poor ventilation.” – Merck Manuals

Symptoms of Building Related Illness (not exhaustive)

Legionnaires’ disease, “occupational asthma, hypersensitivity pneumonitis, and inhalational fever” (Merck Manuals)

What is Multiple Chemical Sensitivity?

When the source of your sickness is directly linked to exposure of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) or other chemicals

Symptoms of Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (not exhaustive)

Flare up of symptoms every time you are re-exposed to the chemical

Symptoms last a life time depending on the person

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