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Research centre aims to stop sick building syndrome

A NEW research centre in Stockholm will help prevent designers and contractors from causing 'sick building syndrome' (SBS).

The centre being set up by consultant Carl Bro hopes to be a one stop shop for contractors and designers to source information about SBS, that causes building inhabitants to suffer skin irritation, headaches and dizziness.

Sometimes engineers inadvertently cause SBS during the construction process, Carl Bro international manager Tom Follin said this week.

He said that use of poor quality concrete or inappropriate air-conditioning systems can stimulate the types of mould that grow inside a building, for example.

Moulds can cause respiratory problems, and even structural damage to the building.

He added that these cases are still happening but could easily be prevented if engineers had access to research the centre now hopes to provide.

'Most cases of SBS could have been avoided if existing knowledge had been used, ' said Follin.

The centre also hopes to continue research into how SBS can be eradicated by changing mechanical or electrical equipment or by carrying out structural repairs.

INFOPLUS www. barab. se

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