Fresh Air for Sick Building Syndrome

Posted on February 1st, 2019

Have you heard of Sick Building Syndrome (SBS)? It occurs as tenants of a building develop mild, but irritating symptoms without a direct root or cause. Symptoms like dry eyes, scratchy or a sore throat, congestion, headaches, tightness in the chest and lethargy. These symptoms worsen with more time spent in the building and disappear with time away.  The long term effects of Sick Building Syndrome are still unclear, but what is clear is its effect on business. Absenteeism and productivity are more problematic in SBS buildings.

Palms are good for filtering out Formaldehyde and Xylene.

The biggest contributor to SBS is air quality. Debris dust and other containments from flaws in heating, air ventilation and possibly air conditioning. There is also the outgassing of various building materials, and the Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) that are released with the use of common office tools such as printers and even paper towels. 

Snakes filter Trichloroethylene, Formaldehyd, Xylene and Benzene.

We appreciate this is a lot of doom and gloom for a short blog, but we have the solution. You probably guessed it- plants. It seems plants might just be our allies in returning to a more balanced state in our modern lives, with nature.  Check out this beautiful infographic about the plants that best help purify the air of these common toxins. Many of the plants referenced are common plants used for our Interiorscapes. Not only is Biophilic Design good for your mind and mood, but also, scientifically good for your body! 

Aglaonemas take on Benzene and Formaldehyde.
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