By Ekaterina Kohlwes – Mindful Design Consulting
There are different symptoms of poor indoor air quality inside of our buildings, from temporary, minor irritations to serious, life-threatening illnesses. They’ve been grouped into three classifications: sick building syndrome, building-related illnesses, and multiple chemical sensitivities. Just for the note: problems with asbestos, lead, and radon are serious, long-term problems and are not grouped within these categories. Today I would like to talk about Sick Building Syndrome.
Sick Building Syndrome. (SBS) – is a condition in which occupants experience several health related problems that can not be linked to any particular cause. Generally the symptoms disappear after the occupants leave the building. (irritation of eyes, nose, and throat; dry nose and skin; redness of skin; mental fatigue and headache; respiratory infection and cough; hoarseness of voice and wheezing; hypersensitivity reactions and even nausea or dizziness.) I personally encountered some of these symptoms entering Sears stores around San Diego, which probably inspired me to write a little article about their interior design. If you experience any of the above symptoms you need to read more on this subject and I would recommend testing the air in your work space.
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