Is your healthy store in a sick building?

Dwyer, Kelly Pate
April 2006
Natural Foods Merchandiser;Apr2006, Vol. 27 Issue 4, p14
This article presents information about sick building syndrome (SBS). The symptoms of the syndrome include headache, itchy skin or eyes, dry cough, dizziness, nausea, chest tightness and fatigue. According to Jack Rostron, a lawyer and professor at John Moores University's School of the Built Environment in Liverpool, England, the syndrome affects probably 30% of the buildings built since the 1960s. In the U.S., people became aware of the problem in the 1970s, when industry began sealing buildings tighter for energy efficiency. There can be many causes of SBS such as car exhaust leaking in the building from a window or bacteria from mold or chemicals.


Related Articles

  • Indoor-Air Quality: Issues and Resolutions. Bahnfleth, William P.; Kowalski, W. J. // Heating/Piping/Air Conditioning Engineering;Jun2005, Vol. 77 Issue 6, p6 

    Discusses critical issues and salient solutions in the field of indoor-air-quality. Effects of indoor-air contaminants including sick-building syndrome and allergic reactions; Threat of mold spores to medical facilities; Information on ventilation standards in the U.S.

  • Dank and Dangerous Mold Threatens Home and Humans. Toto, Christian // World & I;Nov2005, Vol. 20 Issue 11, p18 

    This article explains that mold in homes is dangerous to human health and is costly in terms of repairs. The steady drip-drip-drip of a leaky faucet can be harmless. A lingering leak in another part of the home can cost thousands of dollars and force a homeowner to relocate for days, if not...

  • Classification of Buildings Mold Threat Using Electronic Nose. Łagód, Grzegorz; Suchorab, Zbigniew; Guz, Łukasz; Sobczuk, Henryk // AIP Conference Proceedings;2017, Vol. 1866 Issue 1, p1 

    Mold is considered to be one of the most important features of Sick Building Syndrome and is an important problem in current building industry. In many cases it is caused by the rising moisture of building envelopes surface and exaggerated humidity of indoor air. Concerning historical buildings...

  • Variability of personal chemical exposure in eight office buildings in Sweden. Glas, Bo; Levin, Jan-Olof; Stenberg, Berndt; Stenlund, Hans; Sunesson, Anna-Lena // Journal of Exposure Analysis & Environmental Epidemiology;May2004 Supplement 1, Vol. 14, pS49 

    This study focuses on the variability in chemical exposures for individuals working in office buildings. The study involved eight office buildings with 79 participants, and exposures were measured using personal samplers for volatile organic compounds, aldehydes, amines, nitrogen dioxide, ozone,...

  • Ocular, Airway, and Dermal Symptoms Related to Building Dampness and Odors in Dwellings. Engvall, Karin; Norbäck, Dan // Archives of Environmental Health;Jul/Aug2002, Vol. 57 Issue 4, p304 

    Reports on a study which examined the relationship between symptoms of Sick Building Syndrome and reports of building dampness and odors. Selection of multifamily buildings built prior to 1961 in Stockholm, Sweden for the study; Response to a postal questionnarie of the residents; Increase in...

  • Healthy hardwood floors.  // Women in Business;May/Jun91, Vol. 43 Issue 3, p4 

    Explains why hardwood floors are healthier to live with than carpets for asthma and allergy sufferers. Carpets in an office can contain and emit toxins, whereas hardwood floors with non-polluting finishes can protect indoor air quality.

  • Mold and Health Issues- Facts versus Fiction. Pirages, Suellen W. // Engineered Systems;Oct2005, Vol. 22 Issue 10, Supplement p12 

    Focuses on the health effects of molds in buildings. Acceptable levels of mold in indoor environment; Types of reactions to molds.

  • Study on Living Environment and Children's Allergic Symptoms in Dalian. Haiyang Yu; Yang Lv; Zeng Li; Bin Chen; Bailin Fu; Yuhang Shu // Sustainable Development (21607540);Oct2013, Vol. 3 Issue 4, p101 

    In the indoor environment, the pollution caused by interior decoration, furniture, insecticide sprays, cosmetics and other harmful substances such as mites, molds and bacteria which propagated in building materials, daily necessities and air conditioning systems is far worse than in the outdoor....

  • Janus Revisited, Molds Again. Kilburn, Kaye H. // Archives of Environmental Health;Jan/Feb2002, Vol. 57 Issue 1, p7 

    Editorial. Focuses on the indoor growth of molds and its harmful effects on humans. Alfatoxins and other important causes of hepatocellular carcinoma; Symptoms of indoor air syndrome; Chest pain and tightness and shortness of breath.


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics