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Prevalence of SBS-symptoms as an indicator of health and productivity in office buildings

R. Niemelä, O. Seppänen, K. Reijula, 2003
health | office building | sick building syndrome
Bibliographic info: Healthy Buildings 2003 - Proceedings 7th International Conference (7th-11th December 2003) - National University of Singapore - Vol. 3, pp 251-256, 2 Fig.., 19 Ref.
Languages: English

The prevalence of SBS-symptoms is commonly used to characterize the indoor air quality ofbuildings. For economical analysis in building refurbishment and improvements of indoorenvironment, it would be very useful if we could quantitatively relate the prevalence orintensity of SBS-symptoms to productivity. The purpose of this study was to summarize thelinks between the SBS-symptoms and productivity, and demonstrate with a case study howthis information can be applied to a case building to evaluate the economical value of lowerprevalence of symptoms with a selected remedial measure. Although several studies havebeen able to demonstrate a link between SBS-symptoms and productivity metrics, only a fewof these studies give reliable quantitative data between symptoms and these outcomes.


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