The quality of indoor air is a more complicated and important issue than it seems. Having a healthy environment or not the difference between being in the space comfortable, productive and be uncomfortable or even sick . To all originating from or stimulated by air pollution in enclosed spaces such diseases is called sick building syndrome, SEE for short (or English: Sick Building Syndrome (SBS)).
Such diseases or discomforts ranging from headaches, nausea or even allergies. If this is a business, you may cause absenteeism, employee turnover and constant days off sick. The ESS causes are many:
- Interior with contaminated air
- Poor ventilation
- Artificial Perfumes
- Poor heating
Just as other conditions such as:. poor acoustics, poor ergonomics and furniture design
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What is in the air
The compounds that may be in the air of any “normal” space is the benzene, formaldehyde and trichlorethylene, xylene and ammonia ; chemicals in the air that have been associated with health effects such as headaches and eye irritation.
Where are they?
Benzene : plastic resins, synthetic fibers, dyes, detergents, pesticides, cigarette smoke or car exhaust; glues, paints and furniture polish
Formaldehyde . paper bags, waxed paper, facial tissues, paper towels, synthetic fibers, boards cork and wood paneling
Xylene . printers, leagues, industrial paints, cigarette smoke and car exhaust
Ammonia : cleaning of windows, floors; waxes; fertilizers and salt flavor.
The good news is that these conditions are reversible, and the actions we can take to our house and work space is in the estudio by NASA in the late 80’s. Decades after study continues for the great benefits of having plants at home, especially the following that were part of the study and found most effective in filtering the aforementioned compounds. The plants are (da click to enlarge):