Sick Building Syndrome

Sick Building Syndrome (also known as SBS) or Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome is a combination of illnesses or aliments that are in direct relation with an individual's place of work or home environment.   A 1984 World Health Organization report indicated up to 30% of new and remodeled buildings worldwide may be related to these symptoms.  Oftentimes the sick building syndrome is related to poor indoor air quality resulting from water damage inside a building.

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Water damaged buildings produce microbial contaminants such as mold, fungi, bacteria, actinomycetes, and microbial volatile organic compounds to name a few. It is difficult to tell which of these contaminants are the sole cause of Sick Building Syndrome and it is sometimes referred to as “Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome” acquired following exposure to a water damaged building where amplification of microbial growth is evident.

People within contaminated buildings that exhibit signs of Sick Building Syndrome or Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome experience a wide variety of symptoms such as irritated eyes, nose and throat.  Some even experience damage to or impaired functions of nerve tissue along with general health problems including skin irritations, nonspecific hypersensitivity reactions, and odor and taste sensations.

Linking the symptoms to the work place or home environment can often be difficult.  Routine testing of the blood for thyroid, white or red blood cell count, lipid profiles, metabolic profiles often appear normal. It has been noted that patients with symptoms resulting from Sick Building Syndrome  or Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome can be misdiagnosed with things like depression, stress, allergy, fibromyalgia, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or even somatization; which is a psychiatric disorder in which a person complains about various symptoms that has no identifiable physical origin.

Some causes have been attributed to contaminants produced by out gassing of some types of building materials, volatile organic compounds (VOC), molds, improper exhaust ventilation of ozone (byproduct of some office machinery), light industrial chemicals used within the building, or fresh-air intake location / lack of adequate air filtration.   

The purity of ambient air is a process that many industries throughout the world continue to focus on improving.  Much of the research and development is centered on removing both dry and liquid particles.  It is well documented that ambient air carries harmful VOCs (volatile organic compounds) as well as microbes.  The only way to solve this problem is to destroy the harmful molecules.

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The recognized technology that does destroy volatile organic compounds and microbes is photo catalytic oxidation. Photo catalytic Oxidation (PCO) TiO energized by 257.3 nm UVC light activates the photo catalytic oxidation action, creating free radicals that in turn destroy both molecules and cellular structure.                                        

Zander uses a patented process to affix TiO2 to a solid substrate so it interacts with UVC radiation at 253.7 nm.  This wave length is absorbed by the oxygen molecules, and therefore does not create any ozone – (O3), (trioxide).  Naturally occurring ozone in the atmosphere is converted by the TiO2/UVC interaction into normal dioxide (O2), or other ambient gases.  These gases are then converted to benign matter, including diatomic oxygen (O2), which forms 20.9% of our ambient atmosphere.  

Be sure to look through our website and find the air purification system that fits your needs and contact us with any questions or comments.  7/11

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