sick building syndrome


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sick building syndrome

n.
An illness affecting workers in office buildings, characterized by skin irritations, headache, and respiratory problems, and thought to be caused by indoor pollutants, microorganisms, or inadequate ventilation. Also called building sickness.

sick building syndrome

n
(Pathology) a group of symptoms, such as headaches, eye irritation, and lethargy, that may be experienced by workers in offices with limited ventilation

sick′ build′ing syn`drome


n.
an illness caused by exposure to pollutants or germs inside an airtight building.
[1980–85]
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The Sick Building Syndrome can be resolved with proper building maintenance.
For consumers, construction experts, scientists, engineers, physicians, and environmental groups, Goldstein, a consultant in chemical engineering and biotechnology, assembles 10 chapters that discuss sick building syndrome and related health problems, with a focus on serious contaminants causing mold.
He explained: "The right building materials can help reduce the risk of sick building syndrome by inhibiting dirt accumulation, moisture penetration and mould growth.
MICHELLE MURPHY HAS drawn on her own extensive academic studies and practical career, as well as knowledge based on work with colleagues to write a thorough work on the problem of sick building syndrome.
It's no wonder that cases of sick building syndrome have been on the rise in recent years: People are spending more and more time indoors, and building materials, furniture and equipment contain many more synthetic chemicals than they did 50 years ago.
Productivity losses from Sick Building Syndrome are estimated to cost $50 billion annually, according to information from EHS Services Inc.
SOME of you might remember that concrete edifice, St John's House, in Bootle, being accused and found guilty of sick building syndrome.
This third edition provides new information on ecologically conscious design and on failures of design resulting in specific outcomes such as sick building syndrome and the collapse of the World Trade Center.
Q A FRIEND claims our office has sick building syndrome.
8 percent as demand for ventilating systems grew due to a revision in July of a building regulation, which in principle requires that all rooms be equipped with ventilators to prevent sick building syndrome.
1999: Computer VDUs were blamed for causing sick building syndrome through radiation.
Other services include assessments of indoor air quality - which is recognised as a major contributor to Sick Building Syndrome, one of the biggest problems facing the workplace.