EL17 - Tarkett Presents: Indoor Air Quality Issues and Asthma & Allergy Friendly® Certification for Manufacturers and Specifiers

Wednesday, November 20 from 10:15 AM to 11:15 AM | Booth L2009 « Back

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The desire to create more energy efficient buildings has led to many innovative new design and construction practices in the past two decades. However, there have been some unintended consequences of these practices. By improving the air tightness of the building envelope, architects have been able to reduce uncontrolled airflow from conditioned to unconditioned spaces and thus reduce unwanted heat and moisture transfer. The result is a reduction in energy consumption, but it also means there are fewer natural air exchanges between inside and outside of the building. With tighter buildings there are fewer full air exchanges, which means any chemicals, pollutants, or VOC’s introduced into the confined workspace and living areas, will stay there unless specific air filtration and circulation strategies are employed. The unintended consequence of the push towards tighter building construction has often led to poor Indoor Air Quality (IAQ).In the past decade, (IAQ) has increasingly become a critical issue because of the negative health effects indoor toxins, pollutants, and allergens have on workers, residents, and other building occupants. In fact, indoor air quality has been identified by the EPA as one of the top five most urgent environmental risks to public health. Poor or compromised indoor air quality has been tied to symptoms like headaches, fatigue, trouble concentrating, and irritation of the eyes, nose, throat, and lungs. Allergens such as dust and mold spores can also trigger respiratory events and lead to long-term health risks for occupants. Ensuring indoor air is at acceptable levels is a critical part of successfully designing a work or living space. This seminar will examine the contributors to IAQ and the importance of understanding how VOCs and other potential respiratory triggers impacts the occupants’ health and well being.

Learning Objectives:

Learn about the overall health impacts of VOCs and TVOCs and how exposure can impact occupants’ overall health

Understand why it is important to address beyond merely tracking how and which products contribute to a building’s environment.

Learn about the scientific process, standards, and best practices associated with low VOC building materials within the context of reducing allergens and irritants that can trigger asthma symptoms.

Learn about the allergy and asthma vertification standard and how manufacturers are utilizing it to create better products

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Event Type: Education Lab > Session