Sick buildings lower productivity

New building materials, air-tight designs and developers cutting corners pass off health woes to HR
By David Brown
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/22/2004

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he air in many offices is a harmful “stew” of mold, germs, bacteria, gases and chemicals that make employees sick and drags down productivity. It doesn’t have to be that way, say occupational health experts.

Sick building syndrome has been officially recognized as a medical condition for more than 20 years. But still millions of North American office workers suffer from it, costing by some counts billions of dollars a year in lost productivity.