Sick building syndrome is for many of us an enigma. The legislative precedents currently being set in North America underline the need for rational examination of the problem. This new collection of expert writing will help unravel the complex issues involved. The book explores sick building syndrome from a range of perspectives: architectural, medical, psychological and legal. Each chapter offers detailed insights into the condition and taken together they highlight the need for a collaborative approach. The effects of sick building syndrome should not be underestimated as it is thought that up to 30 percent of refurbished buildings may suffer from the condition. Extreme cases may lead to increased absenteeism among employees, reduced performance and ultimately building closure.
Table of Contents
Preface. Introduction. Overview of the Possible Causes and Recommendations. Light and Lighting. Medical Aspects. Psychological Issues. Maintenance. Human Resource Management. Legal Issues. Design for Manageability. Expert Systems. Assessment and Rectification. Useful Addresses. Index.
'Sick Building Syndrome, Concepts, Issues and Practice...is unique in that for the first time a book offers a complete guide to identifying the problem in any office or building and how to solve it.' - Daily Post
'...makes compelling reading for those who commission, design, build, manage, and work in modern offices.' - The Independent
'A big plus is the attached floppy disk, providing user-friendly software which includes three sets of detailed questions about the building, its working environment and medical symptons...' - Practical Office
'...gives plenty of check lists to help you asess how the building is actually operating and a list of addresses for further investigation...this book is useful in presenting a broad account of the syndrome and our conflicting state of knowledge about how to make it vanish.' - Premises and Facilities Management
'...give[s] a valuable insight into current thinking and knowledge for those concerned with this modern problem.' - Construction Manager
'...a text that is both concise and highly informative' - Robert Parkinson, Ergonomics Abstracts