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Sick Building Syndrome: Is Your Workplace Healthy?

“Sick Building Syndrome” is a term that has been around for a few decades to explain how and why people are affected by their buildings. As a building biologist, I am frequently assessing the health of buildings (whether they are sick or not) and how they may impact upon the health of the occupants – […]

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Home is the Most Important Place

Home is the most important place. It is our castle.  Home is our safety haven, our sacred space, our island in the midst of the world. For many of us, the world can be a bit full-on. The onslaught of fragrances, noise, wi-fi, people, lights… it can be overwhelming at times. Also, most of these […]

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Indoor Air Contaminants – Discover Which 3 Are Most Commonly Overlooked

Indoor Air Contaminants – Discover Which 3 Are Most Commonly Overlooked DID YOU KNOW: Air is one of our most basic needs, yet our indoor air can be up to 10 times more polluted than the outdoor air. When people think about air pollution, they usually think about traffic-related air pollution. On the whole, this […]

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“Bake Outs,” Ozone and Our Indoor Air

Today, I want to share some information about ozone, VOCs and our indoor air. From here, I will share my stance on “bake outs,” so let’s start at the end to make sure it all makes sense. Volatile Organic Compounds The best example of VOCs is the smell of the cleaning aisle in the supermarket […]

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Avoiding Sick Building Syndrome in the Workplace

Avoiding Sick Building Syndrome in the Workplace Focus on Indoor Air Quality When it comes to air pollution, we tend to think about it in terms of the outdoors. We worry about factories’ smokestacks, traffic jams and other factors that pump pollutants into the air.   Yet air pollution isn’t just an outdoor problem.   […]

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School Kids and Traffic Pollution

Traffic-related Ambient Air Pollution and Children (#TRAPS) The effects of traffic-related pollution on ambient (outdoor) air is well-known throughout the world. The most common term would be “smog.” However, the effects on indoor air quality are far less considered. Research is showing that when traffic-related air pollution spikes, that the ability of children to perform […]

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Diffusers and Mould

Diffusers and Mould Many of the homes I assess have essential oil diffusers. Whilst I love that more people are using essential oils, I have concerns about the essential oil diffusers that harbour mould… and then potentially spread it throughout your home. So, let me share with you ways to avoid mould – and fragrant oils! […]

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Dehumidifiers – The Benefits of Using One Regularly

Let’s first explore humidity – to set the scene and give context to the rest of this post. What is Humidity? Humidity is the amount of water vapour in the air. It is important to know and understand this, particularly if you have any water damage or you live in a humid environment. Humidity is commonly […]

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Author of all content is Lucinda Curran, unless otherwise indicated.