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Dr. John Ryan, Chief Strategy Officer at Allergy Standards in Archetech magazine discusses the value of third party certification and the responsibility on those in the building and design industry to prioritise health and wellbeing
It is a common statistic when talking about the quality of indoor air, that we spend approximately 90% of our time indoors. The origin of that statistic was a study by the US Environmental Protection Agency back in 19891. The importance of this is the nature of the contained environment of the home; in the move towards greater environmental sustainability, homes have become more energy efficient and more tightly sealed. While this provides a better environmental impact, it also means that the air in the home does not become renewed through passage of fresh air.
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We created the asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program to scientifically test and identify consumer products that are more suitable for people with asthma and allergies. When consumers see the distinctive mark on a product, they know they are buying an asthma & allergy friendly® product.
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The Science Behind the Certification
The asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program is not just another unsubstantiated claim or stamp. Products bearing our certification mark have undergone stringent testing to a series of standards developed by our team of medical and healthcare experts. The number of Certification Standards continues to grow in order to encompass a wide range of products, supporting our commitment to the overall concept of allergen avoidance for people with asthma and allergies.