sick building Articles

  • Sick-building syndrome and building-related illness

    Significant health problems linked to very poor indoor air qualityIndoor Air Quality (IAQ) deals with the content of interior air that could affect health and comfort of building occupants. The IAQ may be compromised by microbial contaminants (mold, bacteria), chemicals (such as carbon monoxide, radon), allergens, or any mass or energy stressor are more prevalent than anyone could have predicted. ...

  • Building Experience: Energy Efficient Buildings

    Issue: The development of large commercial, governmental and even residential buildings which take advantage of energy efficient design and incorporate on-site renewable energy sources could have a major impact on achieving and maintaining Kyoto targets on reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the future. Although demonstration sites across Europe have been built, the lessons learnt in their ...


  • Green building benefits

    There is growing worldwide concern by the public and government about climate change, and with the new Obama Administration and upcoming global summit later this year in Copenhagen, this concern may grow into a tidal wave. As in other environmental programs, business and “industry” will bear the brunt of future regulations. The good news is that such future regulations will likely contain some ...


  • Controlling Mold Growth in Buildings Prevention and Control Strategies

      In background quantities, molds can be found everywhere-in air, water, our homes, our clothing and even on our pets. They are present in such small numbers that they don"t trigger reactions in humans, except in ultra-sensitive individuals. But, when molds find the right combination of ...

  • `Green Buildings` can create problems with IAQ

    The recent trend towards energy conservation measures have in some cases led to airtight building construction that can often create problems with Indoor Air Quality (IAQ). Some 'green buildings' (also known as ‘green construction’ and ‘sustainable buildings’) have ignored the issue of IAQ in pursuit of energy saving measures. Ventilation systems are set to minimize the ...


    By PPM Technology

  • `Green Buildings` can lead to problems with Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)

    In striving to construct energy-efficient, cost-effective buildings, the imperative issue of their indoor air quality (IAQ) is often overlooked. This can lead to an unhealthy indoor environment and to conditions such as sick building syndrome (SBS) or other building related illnesses (BRI). In the past few decades, energy conservation measures have led to airtight building construction that can ...


    By PPM Technology

  • Application of computational fluid dynamics in building design: aspects and trends

    Computational fluid dynamics (CFD), as the most sophisticated airflow modelling method, can simultaneously predict airflow, heat transfer and contaminant transportation in and around buildings. This paper introduces the roles of CFD in building design, demonstrating its typical application in designing a thermallyconformable, healthy and energy-efficient building.  The paper discusses the primary ...


    By SAGE Publications

  • Do you need a work place gas detector?

    If you work in a strata warehouse with offices in the front and manufacturing and / or service work taking place in the rear, you may be exposing yourself to harmful gases and vapours without realizing it. Think about it. You spend 6 to 8 hours of your day at work and chances are you have minimal ventilation at best. Poor indoor air quality can cause symptoms such as Sick Building Syndrome and ...

  • IAQ Profile Monitor Case Study

    The latest Wireless Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Profile Monitor unit from PPM Technology, allows for a complete and accurate representation of indoor air quality in a building, in accordance with the buildings management standards concerning conditions such as sick building syndrome. ...


    By PPM Technology

  • Six Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality Now

    Air quality is an important issue to anyone’s health, and many people don’t realize that their health issues and illnesses could be significantly diminished if their air quality was improved. There is much scientific evidence to suggest that the indoor air can be more polluted than the air outdoors, even in industrialized areas. When people spend eight or more hours a day in the same building, ...

  • Effects of Headroom on the Performance of the Displacement Ventilation System

    IntroductionIn recent years an increasing amount of health evidence from building occupants has confirmed the existence of sick building syndrome (SBS). This is where occupants within a building begin to report feelings of nausea, headaches and general feelings of illness. Additional symptoms of this health problem include eye, nose and throat irritation, coughing and fatigue. The fact that most ...


    By SAGE Publications

  • Smog and Lemons - Discovering Indoor Air

    Untitled Document Recent studies suggest that chemical reactions may be an ...

  • Improving air quality in the office

    Most people spend the main part of their day indoors – in the home, school or office environment. Focusing specifically on improving air quality in the office and workplace setting, we are looking at the key potential sources of pollution which impact upon air quality and employees’ health. Examples include, outdoor air (particularly relevant if the workplace is next to a busy road), ...


    By Commercial Air Filtration

  • Indoor Air Quality and Hazardous Gas Detection

    Indoor air contaminants come in a variety of forms and originate from multiple sources. Interactions between building materials and furnishings, activities and equipment inside the building, internal temperature and relative humidity, filtration and ventilation system operations, climate and building occupants all contribute to the indoor air quality (IAQ) in commercial, industrial, residential ...

  • Going green - real world savings & measurable results

    Political discussion across the country has been tinged with green this year as awareness regarding climate change reaches an all time high. But what many corporations and individuals fail to realize, is that making environmentally friendly choices in how we live and work can equate to real world financial savings as well. For example, “green” or “sustainable” buildings use key resources like ...


    By The EI Group, Inc.

  • Mold and the Re-use of Demolition Materials

    The presence of mold during construction, occupancy,or demolition of a building can have significant effects on a project’s cost, timing, and public perception. Mold is a type of fungus and is included in the same family as yeasts and mushrooms. Molds are naturally occurring microscopic organisms that are most often associated with damp, musty spaces like bathrooms, basements, and attics. Mold ...

  • Workers Compensation – The Small Picture: Does workplace culture impact health and safety costs?

    This is the first in a three-part blog series on the relationship between workplace culture and the costs associated with occupational injury and illness. When I started to write this series of posts on workers compensation, I thought what new information I could provide readers – information that isn’t easily accessible on innumerable website, blogs and other publications. I wanted ...


    By Intelex Technologies Inc.

  • Wireless monitoring for a safe indoor environment

    This article discusses the benefits of wireless technology for continously monitoring the indoor environment. In striving for the construction of energy efficient and cost-effective buildings, the imperative issue of the buildings Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) is often overlooked. This can often lead to a unhealthy indoor environment and even to conditions such as Sick Building Syndrome (SBS) or other ...


    By PPM Technology

  • UVC helps cut heating costs in jails

    If you think it’s hard to get HVAC money for schools and similar public buildings, there is a harder nut to crack: correctional facilities. It can be even more difficult to get additional funds appropriated to improve conditions in buildings where people are incarcerated. Compounding the problem, many correctional facility employees are in close proximity with the inmate community daily. ...


    By E-CO

  • Lost Among the Crowd

    As the primary elections heat up, it’s obvious that one of the “main” topics is Immigration. Regardless of the candidates’ views and future policies, we’ve had and continue to have a major problem with the latino workforce. I do not mean a problem like the one that is in the media, I mean a problem with safety in the workplace. For many years we have seen the number ...

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