Building Related Illness is a building-associated, clinically verifiable and diagnosable disease. Some causes of BRI include, but are not limited to, building renovation, water or moisture break through, poor building maintenance and poor indoor air quality. The key difference between a BRI and a SBS (Sick Building Syndrome) complaint is that BRI issues typically have identified both the source and illness as the cause of the complaint. A SBS complaint often is created when the source and the illness have not been identified (Please see IAQ Services- Sick-Building-Syndrome (SBS) for more information).
Building related sicknesses are generally allergic reactions or infections. The allergies include asthma, humidifier fever and hypersensitivity pneumonitis. Bacteria, fungus and virus can cause BRI infections1. If you, or your employees, are concerned with BRI issues, or feel you may be exposed to BRI conditions, contact Environmental Analytics for your testing and/or investigation needs.
1- Information taken from: http://www.epa.gov/iaq/pubs/sbs.html