Sick Building Syndrome (SBS)

by Emily Lane 28 February 2019 VOC
Sick Building Syndrome (SBS)



Poor air quality and ventilation are key contributing factors to Sick building syndrome (SBS), an illness diagnosed by a collection of acute symptoms whilst in a particular environment.

Possible SBS symptoms according to the NHS include:

  • headaches
  • blocked or runny nose
  • dry itchy skin
  • dry and sore eyes
  • rashes
  • tiredness and difficulty concentrating

All of the above symptoms resulti in lower productivity.

Symptoms of SBS worsen the longer you're in a particular building and improve after you leave. 

In addition to measures now being taken by building developers to use more materials with lower and safer VOC levels, good ventilation is the key to overcoming many of these acute and/or chronic affects.


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