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A 1984 World Health Organization committee report suggested that up to 30 percent of new and remodeled buildings worldwide may be the subject of excessive complaints related to indoor air quality.(65) Building sickness can develop when a building is not operated or maintained as intended by its original design or prescribed operating procedures.
Building sickness is generally classified as (1) building-related illness, (2) sick building syndrome or (3) multiple chemical sensitivity.(66) Building-related illness symptoms include coughing, chest tightness, fever, chills, infection and muscle aches.
Furthermore, since HVAC coils, ducts and other elements may serve as a breeding ground for biological contaminants or allergens, failure to inspect and service the system can result in building sickness.

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