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Title: The sick buildings and other buildings with indoor climate problems

Abstract

The Sick Building Syndrome (SBS) is one of many terms used by occupants to describe symptoms of reduced comfort or health related to the indoor atmospheric environment. Many poorly defined synonymous terms, including the sick buildings, have been used by different investigators for these buildings. A more systematic grouping of the problem buildings is suggested. A general term, Indoor climate problem building, may be used for any building in which occupants are dissatisfied with the indoor atmospheric environment. The subgroup of problem buildings, in which all atmospheric factors are below the thresholds of their known dose-response relationships is often identified by the term the sick buildings. The dose-response relationship in these buildings may be multifactorial. This multifactorial dose-response relationship is discussed. A previous definition of the sick building syndrome published by the WHO includes a pattern of symptoms that have been seen repeatedly in indoor climate problem buildings. A more systematic list of symptoms, including those identified in the WHO definition, is suggested. According to this systematic listing, symptoms or effects are classified into five categories, and a revised definition of the sick building syndrome is expressed in five criteria. This definition of the sick building syndrome and its consequencesmore » are discussed.« less

Authors:
 [1]
  1. Univ. of Aarhus (Denmark)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
6704980
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
Environment International; (USA)
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 15:1-6; Journal ID: ISSN 0160-4120
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; 63 RADIATION, THERMAL, AND OTHER ENVIRON. POLLUTANT EFFECTS ON LIVING ORGS. AND BIOL. MAT.; INDOOR AIR POLLUTION; HEALTH HAZARDS; AIR POLLUTION; BUILDINGS; DOSE-RESPONSE RELATIONSHIPS; ENVIRONMENT; SYMPTOMS; VENTILATION; HAZARDS; POLLUTION; 540120* - Environment, Atmospheric- Chemicals Monitoring & Transport- (1990-); 560300 - Chemicals Metabolism & Toxicology

Citation Formats

Molhave, L. The sick buildings and other buildings with indoor climate problems. United States: N. p., 1989. Web. doi:10.1016/0160-4120(89)90011-1.
Molhave, L. The sick buildings and other buildings with indoor climate problems. United States. https://doi.org/10.1016/0160-4120(89)90011-1
Molhave, L. Sun . "The sick buildings and other buildings with indoor climate problems". United States. https://doi.org/10.1016/0160-4120(89)90011-1.
@article{osti_6704980,
title = {The sick buildings and other buildings with indoor climate problems},
author = {Molhave, L},
abstractNote = {The Sick Building Syndrome (SBS) is one of many terms used by occupants to describe symptoms of reduced comfort or health related to the indoor atmospheric environment. Many poorly defined synonymous terms, including the sick buildings, have been used by different investigators for these buildings. A more systematic grouping of the problem buildings is suggested. A general term, Indoor climate problem building, may be used for any building in which occupants are dissatisfied with the indoor atmospheric environment. The subgroup of problem buildings, in which all atmospheric factors are below the thresholds of their known dose-response relationships is often identified by the term the sick buildings. The dose-response relationship in these buildings may be multifactorial. This multifactorial dose-response relationship is discussed. A previous definition of the sick building syndrome published by the WHO includes a pattern of symptoms that have been seen repeatedly in indoor climate problem buildings. A more systematic list of symptoms, including those identified in the WHO definition, is suggested. According to this systematic listing, symptoms or effects are classified into five categories, and a revised definition of the sick building syndrome is expressed in five criteria. This definition of the sick building syndrome and its consequences are discussed.},
doi = {10.1016/0160-4120(89)90011-1},
url = {https://www.osti.gov/biblio/6704980}, journal = {Environment International; (USA)},
issn = {0160-4120},
number = ,
volume = 15:1-6,
place = {United States},
year = {1989},
month = {1}
}