A multidisciplinary working group within SWESIAQ, The Swedish chapter of ISIAQ, has produced guidelines for systematic investigations when occupants complain about different health disorders when living or working in certain buildings. The guidelines (“SWESIAQ-modellen”) are widespread in Sweden and referred to by local and governmental authorities. Some main features of the guidelines include:
The investigation is followed and controlled by a steering group with all stakeholders, including the occupants´ representatives.
Since the causes of the complaints are unknown from the beginning, the investigation should always start with an overview of all possible causative factors, including moist, ventilation systems, chemicals, occupants’ habits, psychosocial and individual factors.
The investigation follows a general step-by-step procedure.
The SWESIAQ guidelines were presented at the HB2017 conference in Lublin last year and can be downloaded as a 40 page PDF-file in Swedish. The HB2017 abstract and presentation in English are also available at the SWESIAQ homepage. The SWESIAQ Board is planning a translation to English of the complete document.
For more information, contact Anders Lundin, editor of the SWESIAQ newsletter.