A new multiple regression model to identify multi-family houses with a high prevalence of sick building symptoms "SBS", within the healthy sustainable house study in Stockholm (3H)
2010 (English)In: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health, ISSN 0340-0131, E-ISSN 1432-1246, Vol. 83, no 1, 85-94 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
PURPOSES: The aim was to develop a new model to identify residential buildings with higher frequencies of "SBS" than expected, "risk buildings". METHODS: In 2005, 481 multi-family buildings with 10,506 dwellings in Stockholm were studied by a new stratified random sampling. A standardised self-administered questionnaire was used to assess "SBS", atopy and personal factors. The response rate was 73%. Statistical analysis was performed by multiple logistic regressions. RESULTS: Dwellers owning their building reported less "SBS" than those renting. There was a strong relationship between socio-economic factors and ownership. The regression model, ended up with high explanatory values for age, gender, atopy and ownership. Applying our model, 9% of all residential buildings in Stockholm were classified as "risk buildings" with the highest proportion in houses built 1961-1975 (26%) and lowest in houses built 1985-1990 (4%). CONCLUSION: To identify "risk buildings", it is necessary to adjust for ownership and population characteristics.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. Vol. 83, no 1, 85-94 p.
Atopy, Building age, Multi-family buildings, Questionnaire, Sick building symptoms “SBS”
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-122935DOI: 10.1007/s00420-009-0447-0ISI: 000272430100011PubMedID: 19633985OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-122935DiVA: diva2:311414