Flooring and Indoor Air Quality

India is full of beauty and energy and it is one of the most densely populated countries in the world. With this population comes bustling activity and opportunity. Additionally, though, India consistently is faced with one of the consequences of a dense population, air quality challenges. In cities like New Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore, Mumbai health experts urge citizens to monitor the air quality for pollutants. Several recent reports indicate that pollutant levels indoors too have become a concern. In fact, the recent studies found that concentration of pollutants indoors were higher than the levels outdoors. Indoor Air Quality or IAQ is the air quality inside and around buildings. While indoor air quality may not be a factor often considered, it is important to realize the impact of building materials on the indoor atmosphere.

The seriousness of poor IAQ is far-reaching. Exposure to poor air quality and atmospheric toxins may not be immediately apparent. Prolonged exposure to poor air quality can lead to health concerns like asthma, respiratory infections, and other chronic syndromes. Long term exposure to toxic IAQ can lead to heart disease and even cancer.

To further emphasize how important Internal Air Quality is in India, specific research initiatives are underway. In rural areas of India, traditional cooking methods are still employed. This includes the use of open fires in homes. While this traditional cooking style may serve the purpose of affordably providing a means to prepare food, this practice is very damaging to household health. Studies have shown that exposure to an open flame can be highly detrimental to respiratory systems. Studies are underway to test the feasibility of integrating more modern styles of cooking systems such as burners. The use of traditional Indian cooking configurations is one way in which indoor air quality can be compromised.

Within the densely populated cities of India, other factors are creating IAQ risks. For example Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) emitted from paint are a consistent source of low grade toxic emission in India and across the world. When carpeting is installed, adhesive is used which is another prime carrier of VOCs. Other factors compromising indoor air quality include poor building materials, wall covering adhesive, lead materials, and poor HVAC systems. As you can realize, protecting the air quality indoors is a complex set of factors.

Span Floors understands the importance of maintaining a positive and healthy indoor air environment in homes and buildings. We are a company with strict guidelines about the integrity of our flooring, sourcing, and installation practices. We select only suppliers with the highest standards of procurement. We have a no-tolerance policy for flooring with toxic materials such as formaldehyde and toxic phthalates. We also seek to educate builders and architects on the importance of sustainable and green flooring practices. Every member of the building and construction industry has a duty to be aware of the quality of materials being used in each project.

Clean Indoor Air Quality should be available to everyone on earth. Span Flooring is dedicated to being instrumental in a movement toward building and construction that honors health and toxin free materials. We refuse to compromise on standards for the wellbeing of the planet and our consumers. Non-toxic flooring materials are a crucial element of a green, healthy home and world.

Satinder Chawla

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