Many times odors are
associated with chemical contaminants from inside or outside the office
space, or from the building fabric. This is particularly noticeable
following building renovation or installation of new carpeting.
Out-gassing from such things as paints, adhesives, sealants, office
furniture, carpeting, and vinyl wall coverings is the source of a
variety of irritant compounds. In most cases, these chemical
contaminants can be measured at levels above ambient (normal
background) but far below any existing occupational evaluation criteria.