Sick Building Syndrome

Indoor air quality is essential for one’s health

Sick building syndrome

Indoor air quality is essential for one’s health. It is estimated that we spend 90 % of our time indoors, and inhale 15 000–40 000 liters of air every day.

However, many buildings have problems with their indoor air. Moisture damage and poor material choices, for example, release harmful chemicals, microbes and fine particles in indoor air. These substances cause health problems and discomfort to the people in the building.

Indoor air quality is compromised by several factors: microbes growing in the construction as a result of excess moisture, gaseous substances that evaporate from construction materials, fiber-like impurities and fine particles from outdoor air.

In Finland, 12–18 % of schools and 2,5–5 % of office spaces are suffering from significant moisture damages and mold problems (Audit Committee of Finnish Parliament, 2012).

Indoor air impurities can cause various symptoms, such as allergy, eye irritation, congestion, headache and skin symptoms. If the exposure to impurities continues long enough, it can result in a permanent illness.

The best way to proceed is to react quickly. Waiting will make health problems more severe, and possibly permanent. Finding out the reason for poor air quality is an economical solution, compared to rising sick leave and unefficiency costs.

Genano air purifier is a good first aid in raising the indoor air quality. It purifies the air constantly from mold toxins, fine particles and harmful gases. Removing these is not possible with a traditional fibre-based air purifier.