As more countries around the world begin to take seriously the dangers of indoor air pollution and its causes, manufacturers are creating innovative new products to comply with new regulations and to make our homes healthier in the future.
Along with the dangers of pollution from:
- Outside sources, unable to escape well-sealed structures
- Natural gas from cooking
- Wood burning cooking fires
…indoor air pollution comes from building materials, furniture, paints, flooring and cleaning products.
In fact, a new study done by the University of Sheffield found that the air in a kitchen can be as much as 3 times worse than along a busy road.
France is leading the way in regulating emissions from building and decorative materials and products. All of these products must be tested for emissions and fall below a set standard. In Germany, there is a new requirement that “no construction product should cause harm to building occupants,” a rule which puts Germany into agreement with the European Union Construction Products Regulation.
The US Environmental Protection Agency has been studying these emissions since the fall of 2010 and started with the idea that “building materials, surface treatments, paints, coatings and consumer products have been shown to emit volatile organic compounds and result in the process of indoor air contaminants.” The EPA has also been studying the regulations in place in other countries to determine whether their effectiveness warrants similar regulations in the US.
But whether the US decides to regulate or not, the global concern about indoor air pollution from VOCs is causing manufacturers to test their products and develop new ones so that they can participate in the global marketplace and any development of less harmful products and materials is good for all of us!
If you are building or renovating a home, you are using materials that will off-gas a lot of pollution no matter what. Be sure to keep the area well-ventilated while working and for a few days after you install carpeting or other flooring, drywall, move in furniture or use paint or varnish. If you need to speed up off-gassing, AirTek can help! Our structural pasteurization equipment can also use high heat to dramatically reduce the time it takes for new materials to stop releasing dangerous volatile organic compounds into your indoor air. Contact AirTek anywhere in California for help making your new or renovated home move-in ready!
Hope you had a great Father’s Day weekend!
Wendy Stackhouse is the Online Community Manager for AirTek Indoor Air Solutions and our affiliate Alliance Environmental Group. We welcome your comments! For more news and tips or to ask questions of our experts, Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter! For updates on environmental services like mold remediation, lead removal and pest control including bed bugs, Like us at Alliance Environmental on Facebook or follow Alliance on Twitter!