Describes a longitudinal study of 83 social workers in two office building in Sweden. The exposed group moved to a newly redecorated building nearby, using low emitting building materials and solvent-free paint. Findings indicated that the move resulted in an increase in the personal outdoor airflow rate. The move resulted in increased nasal patency and ECP and lysozyme in NAL. Concludes that no major ocular or nasal effects or measurable increase in indoor air pollution need to result from redecoration of a well-ventilated building, if low emitting materials are chosen.
Explores the complexities of guidance for the ventilation of hygiene systems. The UK Health & Safety Executive estimates that 30 to 50% of refurbished buildings cause some form of sick building syndrome. It is obviously important that building managers take the necessary steps to establish programmes to maintain ductwork systems in a safe, effective and hygienic state. The UK Heating & Ventilation Contractors' Association and Building Services Research & Information Association have produced documents providing guidance on the hygienic maintenance and cleaning of ductwork.
From 1953 to 1975, some half a million high-rise flats were constructed in the UK in response to the need at that time for the rapid provision of substantial numbers of affordable dwellings. For a variety of reasons, including environmental and social problems, many of these buildings were subsequently demolished. However, many housing authorities still own a considerable number of high-rise developments which, while structurally sound, will require to be upgraded if they are to continue in service for rental purposes.