My Office Is Killing Me!
The Sick Building Survival Guide
Bacteria and mold may lurk undetected in carpets or in the heating or cooling system of your office or school. When inhaled, the by-products of these organisms can cause allergy and asthma symptoms. Chemical vapors emitted by office furniture and equipment may also foul the air we breathe indoors, causing headaches, eye irritation, or other symptoms.
Here the author of the best-selling My House Is Killing Me! and co-author of The Mold Survival Guide turns his attention to indoor air quality in public buildings. Blending his extensive professional experience with scientific explanations, May helps us see these buildings through the eyes of a building scientist, microscopist, and organic chemist. He offers a step-by-step approach to identifying, controlling, and often eliminating the sources of indoor air pollutants and allergens.
Whether it's a case of mold in an elementary school or inadequate ventilation in a high-rise office building, this valuable guide can help people cope when the air they breathe indoors is making them sick.
About the Author
Jeffrey C. May is a building consultant, indoor air-quality professional, and the principal scientist of May Indoor Air Investigations LLC in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He has conducted indoor environmental investigations in thousands of buildings, including offices, schools, and homes; and he has personally analyzed over 20,000 air and dust samples. Widely published, May frequently lectures nationally about indoor air quality.
"Millions of us experience poor indoor air quality without having any idea why, or what can be done about it. In My Office Is Killing Me! Jeff May explains how a building operates, what building materials are made of, how air circulates, and what kinds of indoor contaminants we may inhale—and more. Thank you, Jeff May, for making the complex and diverse field of indoor air quality accessible and entertaining, and for giving us the information we need to improve the air we breathe."
"This easy-to-read book is scientifically accurate and practical for anyone and everyone concerned about the air we breathe."
"The best source of information on sick buildings that I've ever read. If you suffer from sinusitis, asthma, or other symptoms when you go to work, buy this book."
"Well researched and clearly presented by a recognized expert in the field."
"An interesting read and a good resource for information on indoor air quality... it offers solutions rather than blame."
"May does a good job of explaining technical information in a simple manner, using instructive photographs... Will be especially useful for libraries emphasizing legal and policy collections."
"This book is a non-alarmist, extremely current, review of many now recognized sources of inevitable and not-so-inevitable air quality impairment... this book belongs in your reference library."
"May's new book on sick buildings offers practical cures for both individuals and those in charge of such properties."
"A scientific, practical, and thorough guide to indoor air quality."
"Takes on very complex issues, explains them in a language we can understand, and best of all stresses that sources of indoor air pollution can be identified and removed."
"This very readable, 317-page book targets the general public and office occupants."
"This little book as a lot to offer."
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