Sick Building Syndrome: What It Is & How To Protect Your Space

Unfortunately, our indoor environments are becoming toxic, negatively impacting our health. Here's how to keep yours safe.

Over the past two decades, the prevalence of chronic disease in the United States has grown by a steady 7 to 8 million1 people every five years. Today, chronic disease affects 50% of the population, and its care consumes more than 85% of health care costs. This situation has truly become an epidemic. But how is this possible if we have better access to food, water, and medical technology than ever before?

One factor behind this health epidemic can be found in our indoor environments—here's what to know about the phenomenon of "sick building syndrome."

What is sick building syndrome?

According to the EPA2, sick building syndrome (SBS) is a condition in which people develop symptoms of illness or become infected with chronic disease as a result of exposure to contaminants and poor indoor air quality in buildings. These environments can include our homes, workplaces, schools, and more. Basically, anywhere that we spend a lot of time.

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