Article of Interest: 7 Reasons Why IAQ is Changing the Commercial Real Estate Market

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Our team at the Hoffman Toxicant-Induced Loss of Tolerance (TILT) Program at UT Health San Antonio wanted to share this important external article on indoor air quality (IAQ):

7 Reasons Why IAQ is Changing the Commercial Real Estate Market” from senseware.

A recent study released on February 16, 2022 by Pew Research found that 42% of employees cited fear of exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace as the reason why they do not want to return to the office.
Real-time air quality data helps alleviate this concern.
Imagine providing employees with a live dashboard that shows the air quality and environmental conditions in their office.

The article goes on to explore the major underlying market forces that are driving the rising interest in IAQ, aside from the obvious COVID-19. See the full article here.

How chemically sensitive are you?

Answer these three questions from the Brief Environmental Exposure and Sensitivity Inventory (BREESI):

  1. Do you feel sick when you are exposed to tobacco smoke, certain fragrances, nail polish/remover, engine exhaust, gasoline, air fresheners, pesticides, paint/thinner, fresh tar/asphalt, cleaning supplies, new carpet or furnishings? By sick, we mean: headache, difficulty thinking, difficulty breathing, weakness, dizziness, upset stomach, etc.
  2. Are you unable to tolerate or do you have adverse or allergic reactions to any drugs or medications (such as antibiotics, anesthetics, pain relievers, X-ray contrast dye, vaccines or birth control pills), or to an implant, prosthesis, contraceptive chemical or device, or other medical/surgical/dental material or procedure?
  3. Are you unable to tolerate or do you have adverse reactions to any foods such as dairy products, wheat, corn, eggs, caffeine, alcoholic beverages, or food additives (e.g., MSG, food dye)?

If you answer YES to any of these three questions, take the Quick Environmental Exposure and Sensitivity Inventory (QEESI) and share the results with your doctor!

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