Sick Building Syndrome

Sick Building Syndrome (SBS)

SBS is a collection of symptoms (syndrome) that a building’s occupants claim to experience acute health and comfort effects that appear to be linked to time spent in a building, but where no specific illness or cause can be identified. SBS has been a rising phenomenon in Singapore and we are talking about both commercial and residential buildings. The symptoms can be either localised in an area or they can be widespread throughout the entire building.

General Indicators

  1. Building occupants complaining of a range symptoms including headaches; eye, nose, or throat irritations; dry coughs; dry or itchy skin; dizziness and/or nausea; difficulty in concentrating; fatigue; and/or odours.
  2. The cause of the symptoms is not obvious.
  3. Most of the complaints disappear soon after people leave the building.


Mainly the subject of complaints related to poor indoor air quality. SBS are frequently pinned down to flaws in the ventilation, and air conditioning systems. Other causes have been attributed to contaminants produced by outgassing of some types of building materials, volatile organic compounds, moulds, improper exhaust ventilation of ozone (byproduct of some office machinery), light industrial chemicals used within, or lack of adequate fresh-air intake or air filtration.

How can we help?

Air ventilation is the main cause of Sick Building Syndrome. Purlife’s air purifiers has a clean air delivery rate of 186 cubic feet per minute which will help to remove air pollutants and improve air ventilation in the area. Give us a call a 6702 0306 to have a complimentary air quality check on air pollutants and ventilation.