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Clean Air for Via Sol Residents

This week, we’re talking about Sick Building Syndrome. Have you heard of it? People’s health and comfort are negatively impacted by the buildings they inhabit. It’s recognized by the EPA as affecting over thirty percent of new buildings.

Happy learning and happy living!


The PLACE Team:

Chris Velasco Elizabeth Bowling Alice Hiniker Todd Bagby


Have you heard about Sick Building Syndrome (“SBS”)? The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency describes Sick Building Syndrome under their warnings about indoor air quality as buildings in which occupants experience acute health and comfort effects linked to time spent in a building. Building occupants complain of symptoms associated with acute discomfort, e.g., headache; eye, nose, or throat irritation; dry cough; dry or itchy skin; dizziness and nausea; difficulty in concentrating; fatigue; and sensitivity to odors. Suspected causes of SBS include contaminants from adhesives, carpeting, upholstery, manufactured wood products, copy machines, pesticides, and cleaning agents may emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs), including formaldehyde.


PLACE worked with MSR Design to systematically eliminate known contaminants from Via Sol’s construction resulting in the elimination of many tons of contaminants. We recently took people wanting to rent space at Via Sol on a tour, and even though the project is under construction, there were no chemical odors in the apartments and live/work spaces. It smelled clean. And that was before we turned on our DOAS (dedicated outdoor air source), a process for bringing fresh, filtered air into every space. Your living and sleeping space will be healthier and you’ll know it.


PLACE’s Via Sol community, a sustainable, transit-oriented community in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, producing its own food and energy, filled with art and imagination, offers healthy apartments and live/work space to households across the income spectrum.

Via Sol is currently under construction and expected to open in spring of 2022. Applications are now being accepted. For more information:

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Call us at 612.444.2VIA (612.444.2842)

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