Air Quality

Indoor Air Quality

indoor air quality of homesWhether at home, work or in commercial buildings and public transit, you run the risk of exposure to toxic pollutants.

Pacific Timberworks has taken significant steps to ensure that their products contribute to improved air quality in the interiors of homes, offices, schools and other buildings. According to the Canada Environmental Protection Agency (CEPA) the reduction or elimination of chemical emissions is the most effective way to reduce air pollution indoors.

Air pollution can cause health problems such as respiratory diseases (e.g. asthma, allergies and possibly lung cancer).

Some indoor air pollutants come from the outside air, but most are released inside the home, for example through the use of cleaning products, air fresheners, pesticides and fuel for cooking and heating. Emissions from construction materials and furniture are another common source of indoor air pollutants. Micro-organisms, such as fungi that release spores, may also contaminate indoor air and induce allergies and asthma.

Global trends such as climate change and soaring energy costs can impact indoor air quality. For example, extreme weather conditions may increase the need for additional thermal insulation and decreased ventilation, which may lead to too high or too low indoor temperatures or to humidity problems.