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Article: Sick building syndrome and perceived indoor environmental quality: A survey of apartment buildings in Hong Kong

TitleSick building syndrome and perceived indoor environmental quality: A survey of apartment buildings in Hong Kong
Authors
KeywordsEnvironmental quality
Health
Hong Kong
Housing
Issue Date2009
PublisherPergamon. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/habitatint
Citation
Habitat International, 2009, v. 33 n. 4, p. 463-471 How to Cite?
AbstractThe outbreak of a highly communicable disease, SARS, in Asia in 2003 has revealed the health risk of living in a high-density environment. To show the important connection between human health and environmental quality, this study surveys the prevalence of sick building syndrome (SBS) among apartment residents and their evaluation of indoor environmental quality (IEQ). Based on a sample of 748 households living in Hong Kong, two interesting findings are revealed: (1) nasal discomfort was the commonest home-related SBS symptom despite the absence of any central ventilation system in apartment buildings; (2) noise, rather than ventilation, was the major IEQ problem perceived by residents. Our statistical analysis further showed that residents with SBS symptoms were less satisfied with their IEQ than those without. That is, despite a positive evaluation of specific IEQ criteria with respect to the building residents lived in, if they reported feeling SBS related symptoms, the overall IEQ evaluation of their building could still be negative. This perception bias gives rise to a sample selection problem in measuring perceived IEQ, which has implications on housing management practices and the formulation of a healthy housing policy. © 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/78148
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2015 Impact Factor: 2.029
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.038
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dc.contributor.authorWong, SKen_HK
dc.contributor.authorWaiChung Lai, Len_HK
dc.contributor.authorHo, DCWen_HK
dc.contributor.authorChau, KWen_HK
dc.contributor.authorLoKuen Lam, Cen_HK
dc.contributor.authorHungFai Ng, Cen_HK
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dc.date.issued2009en_HK
dc.identifier.citationHabitat International, 2009, v. 33 n. 4, p. 463-471en_HK
dc.identifier.issn0197-3975en_HK
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dc.description.abstractThe outbreak of a highly communicable disease, SARS, in Asia in 2003 has revealed the health risk of living in a high-density environment. To show the important connection between human health and environmental quality, this study surveys the prevalence of sick building syndrome (SBS) among apartment residents and their evaluation of indoor environmental quality (IEQ). Based on a sample of 748 households living in Hong Kong, two interesting findings are revealed: (1) nasal discomfort was the commonest home-related SBS symptom despite the absence of any central ventilation system in apartment buildings; (2) noise, rather than ventilation, was the major IEQ problem perceived by residents. Our statistical analysis further showed that residents with SBS symptoms were less satisfied with their IEQ than those without. That is, despite a positive evaluation of specific IEQ criteria with respect to the building residents lived in, if they reported feeling SBS related symptoms, the overall IEQ evaluation of their building could still be negative. This perception bias gives rise to a sample selection problem in measuring perceived IEQ, which has implications on housing management practices and the formulation of a healthy housing policy. © 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.en_HK
dc.languageengen_HK
dc.publisherPergamon. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/habitatinten_HK
dc.relation.ispartofHabitat Internationalen_HK
dc.subjectEnvironmental qualityen_HK
dc.subjectHealthen_HK
dc.subjectHong Kongen_HK
dc.subjectHousingen_HK
dc.titleSick building syndrome and perceived indoor environmental quality: A survey of apartment buildings in Hong Kongen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
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dc.identifier.emailWong, SK:kelvin.wong@hku.hken_HK
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dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.habitatint.2009.03.001en_HK
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