Have you ever gone to work feeling fine, and then left for the day with a headache or queasy stomach? Have you ever thought that it could be something in your building that’s contributing to that?
The idea that a building contains toxins which pollute the indoor air is called sick building syndrome; it probably affects about 25 percent of all buildings, whether they are new or renovated. The reasons are multifaceted—it could be materials in the spaces, or lack of fresh air, or recirculated air, to name just a few things. There are steps you can take to minimize the effects on you and your work day. This graphic can help.