Research conducted by the Health & Safety Executive in 1992, that looked at the causes and solutions surrounding Sick Building Syndrome, estimated the cost to the British economy ran into £millions thanks to illness, absenteeism, lost productivity and performance.
SBS is a phenomenon whereby people experience a range of clinical symptoms when in certain buildings. Buildings can be commercial or residential, although SBS is most prevalent in office buildings. Symptoms can include eye irritation, nauseous odours, blocked or runny nose, sore throat, skin irritation, headache and lethargy. They seem to disappear within hours or days after leaving the building. A report by the World Health Organisation determined that as much as 30 percent of new and re-modelled buildings around the world cause SBS symptoms.