Health issues related to air quality

Indoor air quality:
a real public health issue

We spend 80% of our time in close spaces: home, work, transport.
In such spaces, the air can be 5 to 10 times more hazardous than outdoor air: the increase of air tightness of buildings generates an issue with air renewal.

Study about Indoor Air Quality

VOC measurment in individual home
Source : Observatoire de la Qualité de l’Air Intérieur, 2010

 

Sick Building Syndrome (SBS)

Bacteria, spores, pollen, fungi, airborne microorganisms, cigarette smoke, an other harmful particulates in the air are a growing problem. They are produced by human activity such as building material, cleaning products, furniture, etc.

Sources of indoor pollutions

According to the World Health Organization, 40% of all buildings pose a serious health hazard due to indoor air pollution.

 
 

What should you do?

The golden rule: aerate your home every day.

Watch the indications on labels: in many countries, construction materials and furniture have a label indicating the level of emission: from A+ (very low) to C (high).

In addition , products limiting their impacts will often display ecolabels (NF Environment, European Ecolabel) .

An ADEME guide offers an overview of our air quality . It details the families of pollution sources and their impacts on our health ; it provides practical solutions and advice.