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The increasing cost of energy has caused many companies to make permanent changes in their offices. On a small scale, office managers are purchasing energy-efficient office machines and encouraging recycling programs to cut energy costs. On a larger scale, architects and builders are responding to the demands of companies for more energy-efficient buildings.
Buildings constructed or renovated in the last few years have incorporated energy-saving measures. Office maintenance workers have sealed cracks around windows and doors. Builders have installed sets of double doors to reduce the exchange of indoor and outdoor air when doors are opened.
This has reduced transfer of air in and out of the building. While it has had cost-saving benefits, it has caused personnel-related costs such as increased employee absences due to illness. Since the interior air is recirculated and little fresh air is allowed in, everyday contaminants such as dust and germs remain in the air. Employees in energy-efficient buildings breathe the same air again and again. They suffer from an increase in headaches, cold, dry skin, dry throat, and in severe cases, respiratory problems.
1) Why was the construction of office buildings changed?
a. To make construction easier
b. To use better building materials
c. To reduce energy consumption
d. To make the offices more attractive
2) The word “severe” in paragraph 3, line 5 is closet meaning to
a. extremely bad
b. unusually plain
3. What unexpected problem has this caused?
a. It takes longer to enter the building.
b. Employees are not warm enough.
c. Offices cannot be cleaned.
d. More workers take sick leave.
4. What illness increased among workers in these buildings?
b. Muscle aches