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Sick Building Syndrome

Sick Building Syndrome

“Sick building syndrome (SBS) definition is used to describe health problems found in the inhabitants of certain buildings. Since no specific diseases are found in patients, these disorders appear to be linked to the healthiness and comfort of the buildings in question.” February 1991, the periodical distributed by the EPA, the Environmental Protection Agency, the agency that carries out the functions of the Federal Ministry of the Environment, began this way by defining Sick Building Syndrome.

Although in reality it is not the building itself that is sick, but those who occupiy it. However, within the article, the EPA referred to a report by the WHO (World Health Organisation). WHO noted that 30% of new buildings or buildings that were recently renovated could be the subject of a complaint by the occupants for the poor quality of the air inside them (I.A.Q. Indoor Air Quality).

Subsequently, the EPA article formulated the distinction between SBS and BRI. Americans like a lot of acronyms, abbreviations and initials. SBS or Sick Building Syndrome, while BRI stands for Building Related Illness, or health disturbances of the occupants directly attributable to the poor quality of the air in the building in which they live or otherwise spend much of their time (workplaces).

Time spent indoor
90%

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How to recognize SBS

Occupants of “sick ” buildings complain of:

The cause of the symptoms cannot be traced back to any already classified illness, but the occupants of the building see these symptoms disappear immediately after leaving the building.

New buildings with poor indoor air quality
30%

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