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Session
Seminar 340: New understandings of “unclear” building related complaints and experiences
Time:
Wednesday, 23/June/2021:
1:00pm - 2:30pm

Session Chair: Jan Vilis Haanes
Session Co-chair: Steven Nordin
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New understandings of “unclear” building related complaints and experiences

Jan V. Haanes1, Steven Nordin2

1University Hospital of North Norway (UNN), Norway; 2Umeå University, Sweden

TARGET AUDIENCE

All who work with buildings and people, irrespective of professional and scientific vs. practical background.

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES

Most work in the field of healthy buildings relies heavily on information reported by humans. Often people have complaints or other experiences that professionals find difficult to interpret or understand, sometimes also contrary to common knowledge. This may cause frustration and conflicts. “Sick building syndrome”, “multiple chemical sensitivities” and “electromagnetic hypersensitivity” are examples of terms used for what may be seen as the “oddest” conditions. However, also more common building related complaints and other experiences are often regarded as “unclear”. In this seminar, we will address new understandings of possible underlying mechanisms – from different views. This new knowledge may be of substantial help for professionals in their understanding, interpretation, handling and actions.

OTHER INFORMATION

The two presentations in the seminar are briefly introduced in session 11. The full papers are available as PDFs at the web site of session 11. At session 11, Nordin and Haanes also present one other paper each. Attending these presentations/ reading the papers will give important background for seminar 340.

FORMAT AND MODE OF PARTICIPATION

Introduction, two presentations and general discussion facilitated by chairs.

PROPOSED SCHEDULE AND LENGHT

PRESENTER: Jan Haanes

Lenght: 5 minutes

Introduction, aims of the symposium. Presentation of spectre from BRI (building related illness) to “SBS” (sick building syndrome) etc. I.e. from likely building related in a traditional meaning (causality) to symptoms associated with buildings (SAEF-buildings)

PRESENTER: Steven Nordin

Lenght: 20 minutes

Presentation: Possible mechanisms underlying non-specific building-related symptoms

PRESENTER: Jan Haanes

Lenght: 20 minutes

Presentation: Understanding “Symptoms Associated with Environmental Factors” (SAEF) in buildings; e.g. “sick building syndrome”, “electromagnetic hypersensitivity” and “multiple chemical sensitivity”

PRESENTER: Steven Nordin

Lenght: 45 minutes

General discussion

Total lenght 90 minutes



 
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