Friday, November 28, 2003

Researchers Announce Treatment for Sick Building Syndrome

The Washington Post is reporting on research to be published in Saturday's edition of The Lancet in which the use of ultra-violet light in building ventilation systems significantly ameliorated respiratory complaints and other health problems commonly associated with "sick building syndrome." The use of UV light to cleanse the air of bacteria, microbes, and endotoxins resulted in a 40% drop in respiratory symptoms. Reportedly, a typical office building capable of housing 1000 occupants could be outfitted with a UV system for approximately $52,000, plus about $14,000 in annual operating costs.

If this research holds up, the arguments would seem powerful that a commercial landlord could remedy a broad range of "sick building" problems, in the exercise of reasonable care, through cost-effective means.
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