I live in a town home with vinyl siding over OSB board. My health has gone downhill since I moved here 1.5 years ago.

Asked by Judith A Berry
Lawrence, KS

What are the health effects, or what are the usual symptoms? My son wants me to move because of it, but I have no issues with breathing, asthma, headaches, etc. I do have allergic skin issues and neuropathy. Thank you!


Answered by Doug Garrett

Jarrell, TX

Building Performance & Comfort, Inc.

April 23, 2014

I doubt that the OSB or vinyl siding you mention are the real cause(s) of your health issues. They are both on the outside of your walls and with vinyl siding they are well ventilated to the exterior. In town home construction one is exposed to everything in their unit and to what is in the adjoining units, too. Testing with air infiltration equipment on thousands of developments of this type shows that these units communicate air with each other all the time. The actual cause(s) of your health issues could be in your unit or a neighboring one. I would suggest that you move or if possible, retrofit your unit with improved ventilation with fresh outside air using an Energy Recovery Ventilator. Often the association will not let you do this, so that leaves moving.

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