What is indoor air quality and sick building syndrome?

Indoor air quality refers to the quality of air inside and around buildings as it related to human health. Poor indoor air quality can cause both long- and short-term health effects, and causes what’s known as “sick building syndrome” in those with prolonged exposure to poor quality air.


Low building ventilation, high concentrations of VOCs, and indoor mold can all contribute to sick building syndrome. It can cause headaches, nausea, respiratory infections, and stress-like symptoms (often mistaken for work stress in office buildings). Chemical and biological contaminants, like VOCs, can all contribute to poor health of those who work in poorly ventilated areas. Essentially, poor indoor air quality can cause general and specific health


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