SICK BUILDING SYNDROME
Numerous studies conducted by the EPA over the last 25 years have shown measurable levels of over 107 known carcinogens in modern offices and homes. The presence of these VOC's (volatile organic compounds) is due to the switch from open windows to energy efficient living and working environments, made necessary in the 1970's due to the energy crisis atmosphere that had developed. Combined with the advent of modern building methodology and products, the result has been energy efficient homes and offices that contain amounts of known cancer causing chemicals. In extreme cases, some buildings have such high levels of contaminants that they are known as "Sick Buildings" because exposure to them results in multiple symptoms of sickness exhibited by the inhabitants who try to use them.
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