Le Monde - Indoor air pollution: sustainable renovation materials also at stake?

September 15, 2017

By: Sylvie Burnouf

Excerpt: "Are we doomed to have to breathe foul air in our homes, even when they are renovated with materials more respectful of the environment  ? The risk is in any case palpable, according to the results of an American study published on September 12 in the journal Environment International .

Researchers report data on indoor air quality measured in Boston homes. These homes, freshly rehabilitated by the standards of green building, had obtained the green label international LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design ) for energy efficiency, 35% higher than standard homes.

In order to discern pollution from renovation materials and that related to the lifestyle of the inhabitants, the researchers carried out sampling in two stages: first in empty dwellings and then after residents move in. A starting air and dust samples, they quantified the rate of almost 100 volatile organic compounds (VOC) and semi-volatile (SVOC), including flame retardants, phthalates, pesticides, fragrances, chlorinated solvents and formaldehyde. ...

According to Robin Dodson, researcher at the Silent Spring Institute and principal author of the study, "most buildings are designed without the health of the people being taken into account. However, indoor air pollution can lead to a whole range of health problems."


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