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Improvement of indoor air quality in four problem homes.

The occupants of six houses suffered from symptoms which improved upon leaving their houses. In a previous study, tests were conducted in these six houses to measure various physical parameters related to their indoor environments. Four of these houses were subsequently renovated to improve indoor air quality. Tests were repeated on the four houses to assess the effectiveness of the applied remedial measures.

The sound of sickness.

Ventilation system designers may be guilty of professional negligence by working with inaccurate noise data and, even worse, they may be unwittingly causing Sick Building Syndrome. Ewen Rose reports

Relating sick building symptoms to environmental conditions and worker characteristics.

Recent concern has centered on "sick buildings" in which there has been an unusually high percentage of health complaints by the building's occupants. Typically, these symptoms are thought to be tied to indoor air quality characteristics, such as high levels of respirable particles or volatiles, thermal conditions, etc. In addition, recent studies have drawn connections between "sick building syndrome" (SBS) symptoms and non-environmental variables, i.e., personal and occupational factors. This paper presents a brief review of a study by Hedge et al.

Airing out pollution.

             

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