What is meant by sick building syndrome (SBS)? Although it may sound new to most, it is an increasingly widespread condition.
In fact, we are faced with sick building syndrome whenever a sealed environment suffers from poor air quality. These environments can therefore be schools, offices, hospitals, or homes. This leads to the onset of specific symptoms in the people occupying the building, which can vary from 15% to 50% of the total occupants. Once the building is left, the symptoms subside within hours.
But what makes a building sick and compromises its air quality?
Causes of sick building syndrome
There are many reasons why a building gets "sick", becoming a real danger to the health of the occupants :
- Presence of mechanical ventilation systems (without introduction of external air)
- High VOC concentration due to furniture, building materials and paints or machinery in the building
- Use of chemical cleaning products and without consequent adequate ventilation
- Inadequate or inefficient maintenance of air conditioning systems
All these factors combine to make the air in a building significantly less healthy than in the outdoor environment. In fact, indoor air has been shown to be 10 times more polluted.
So what are the consequences of building pollution on people's health?
Consequences of indoor pollution in buildings
Scientific studies have shown the correlation between indoor pollution and business performance due to the symptoms of sick building syndrome. In fact, there is no doubt that the typical manifestations of the syndrome affect the quality of work and the individual's abilities. The most typical symptoms are:
- Allergic-like symptoms
- Difficulty concentrating
Even regarding young people and children, things are not going better. In fact, even the air in schools is polluted and unhealthy and this becomes evident from a fact: the increase in cases of asthma in September, when they return to school.
If you consider that we spend 90% of our time indoors, between home, office or school as in the case of the little ones, you understand that the need to improve air quality and therefore achieve optimal environmental comfort is a priority for the health protection.
As you have read, the problems related to sick building syndrome are mainly due to poor air quality caused by the materials present in the building and insufficient ventilation.
A good maintenance of the ventilation systems and a careful choice of coatings and paints will therefore contribute to improving the situation significantly, benefiting the healthiness of the buildings and the well-being of those who live there.
Airlite is the innovative all-Italian wall paint which, thanks to its technology, makes an important contribution to making indoor air cleaner. Let's see how.
Airlite improves the healthiness of indoor air
Classic architectural paints emit VOCs, volatile organic compounds that pollute the air and can be inhaled. It is precisely for this reason that when painting your house or any other building, you should use masks to protect yourself and air the rooms for several hours.
Airlite however is a mineral and ecological paint, free of glues and solvents, and among its many qualities is that it does not emit VOCs into the environment. Not only that, it helps eliminate odours dispersed in the air by actively breaking down the molecules and neutralizing them through oxidation.
Another benefit of Airlite is its anti-pollution properties: thanks to the action of solar energy, pollutants such as nitrogen and sulphur oxides are rendered inert in a 100% natural way.
Airlite does not only act on organic and chemical pollutants, but also on biological ones. By virtue of surface oxidation and its alkalinity Airlite eliminates 99.9% of bacteria and superbugs, has a scientifically proven antiviral action, and prevents the formation of mould by creating an inhospitable environment for its growth.
The self - cleaning property of Airlite means that the airborne dirt and dust particles do not adhere but bounce off the wall, avoiding the formation of dirt on the walls - leaving the walls as good as new.