UN SDG #11 Sustainable Cities and Communities UN SDG #11
UN SDG #3 Good Health and Well-being UN SDG #3

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Public Buildings Have Insufficient Air Quality

The average American spends approximately 90% of their time indoors with limited access to daylight and where the air can be up to five times more polluted than outside. Poor air quality, damp, mold, inadequate temperature, as well as lack of daylight in indoor environments (public buildings, schools, homes and workplaces) is associated with detrimental and costly health problems.

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Public Buildings Have Insufficient Air Quality

The average American spends approximately 90% of their time indoors with limited access to daylight and where the air can be up to five times more polluted than outside. Poor air quality, damp, mold, inadequate temperature, as well as lack of daylight in indoor environments (public buildings, schools, homes and workplaces) is associated with detrimental and costly health problems.
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Indoor concentrations of some pollutants have increased in recent decades due to such factors as energy-efficient building construction (when it lacks sufficient mechanical ventilation to ensure adequate air exchange) and increased use of synthetic building materials, furnishings, personal care products, pesticides, and household cleaners. Such environments can have lasting health impacts on individuals who are routinely exposed. Additionally, researchers have been investigating the relationship between indoor air quality and important issues not traditionally thought of as related to health, such as student performance in the classroom and productivity in occupational settings.

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