I tried the long version of this, but realised it was far too long. The short version is that I am having huge problems with purpose-designed meeting rooms in my big, shiny, new office and I wonder if anyone else has had similar experience. I am fine in the normal open office areas, but have twice had major breathing issues when using the meeting rooms for long sessions. The latest meeting lasted a couple of hours. The other culminated on the 3rd day (exam day) of a training course.
The building is as good as new, having gone through a huge refurbishment that was completed about a year ago, but the offending rooms feel airless, even though air conditioning is on.
I am trying to find a root cause as to why I suffer in such a big way and, armed with that, take whatever action is necessary to either fix or avoid repetition. However, I am not the only asthma sufferer to succomb.
Has anyone else experienced issues like this in their offices? If so, did you locate the cause and how did you deal with it?
There are some obvious things to check. The first is to check me â€“ I am allergic to dust, but have never had any other tests to confirm any other allergies, even though suspected. I think I have managed, today, to get my GP to refer me to the allergy team at RBH for assistance. (RBH is local to me.) The next, dust remaining in the air systems from the building refurbishment, would certainly seem a favourite, but lingering chemicals from adhesives and the like are high on my list of suspects too. Maybe there is something not set correctly regarding air flow and changes of air. (Are there any H&V engineers or Chartered Surveyors out there that could answer that?)
Armed with an understanding of why I react so majorly, I can then follow this through on getting a plan to remedy or avoid as appropriate.