Is Your Building Suffering from Sick Building Syndrome?

As commercial real estate continues to make a healthy recovery, the marketing of office space has heated up and owners of commercial buildings are always looking for ways to market and fill up their space.

The checklists of necessary items in a new business space usually contain Internet connectivity, conference room availability, office layout configuration, and location to transportation access points. Very few actually take air quality into consideration as they stake out new offices or consider upgrades to existing space.

Healthy indoor air quality is an important issue that all building owners should take seriously. And, many companies are realizing the benefits of combating what has been termed “sick building syndrome.” Often, well-insulated buildings, although efficient in energy usage, can degrade air quality and have caused office workers to suffer from symptoms like itchy eyes, sneezing, headaches, sore throats, and even fatigue. In fact, a recent study by the Harvard School of Public Health determined that worker absenteeism caused by poor air quality potentially can cost a company $480 per worker each year in lost productivity.

Whether a company is considering occupying new business space or making decisions about building additional or fresh space, taking a proactive approach—as opposed to reactive—to the issue of indoor air quality is the best route. It is best to seek out a company that can provide a comprehensive package of tests, resources, and advice on how avoid or eliminate bad air indoors. Some of the things to look for an air quality consulting company to perform include:

  • on-site investigation,
  • risk assessment,
  • health effects evaluation,
  • ventilation studies,
  • identification of seasonal adjustments, as well as
  • abatement contracting.

Aires Consulting uses a practical and importantly, a cost effective approach to indoor air issues. Aires’ experienced air quality professionals have worked with a variety of clients to develop reasonable responses to issues found with regard to a building’s air quality. Whether, offices, schools, gyms, or hotels, all may contain some level of unhealthy or dirty air. Being green today is more than recycling and fuel efficiency; it also should include the improving the quality of indoor air.