Sick of the indoors?
Sick Building Syndrome is the name for health conditions brought on by the building in which people work or live. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Americans spend 90 percent of their time indoors, and the agency lists indoor air quality as the fourth largest environmental threat in the country. The three main factors involved in managing indoor air quality, or IAQ, are source control, air cleaning and proper ventilation. A report from Greenerbuildings.com says the market for ventilation systems to improve indoor air quality has grown 25 percent in the past five years, and it’s estimated the market will double by 2012 due to increased awareness of the problem by both employees and facility managers. Air filters and purifiers are also being used to reduce indoor air pollutants.