Tarkett’s White Paper Highlights How CERTIFIED Flooring Supports IAQ

Tarkett’s White Paper Highlights How CERTIFIED Flooring Supports IAQ

Tarkett's White PaperClimate Change And Respiratory Health In The Built Environment

Over 100 million people in the U.S. have asthma or allergies – many have both – and the rates are rising. Concern about indoor air quality – which is a major risk factor for both conditions – has become a priority, too.

Tarkett’s white paper, recently published in IFMA magazine, explores the multifaceted impacts of climate change on both outdoor environments and indoor air quality, particularly concerning respiratory health.

Rising levels of greenhouse gases, longer allergy seasons, increased mold exposure due to wetter weather, more frequent and severe wildfires are all contributing to worsening air pollution. Indoor air quality is majorly influenced by outdoor air quality as pollutants like ozone, wildfire smoke, and pollen leak into buildings. Other sources of indoor air pollution are chemical cleaners and air-freshening sprays, poor filtration or ventilation, mold, dust mite allergen, material and paints that off-gas VOCs.

According to the white paper, one way to improve indoor air quality is to:

Explore third-party certifications like asthma & allergy friendly® . Products that are CERTIFIED asthma & allergy friendly® go beyond just helping people with asthma or allergies to reduce their exposure to environmental triggers. They limit exposure to toxic chemicals and contribute toward healthier indoor environments with better air quality for everyone.

What’s the asthma & allergy friendly® certification? This certification is an independent, physician-led certification that certifies a range of products that impact the indoor environment. It sets strict standards and offers consumers a guide for selecting flooring products—as well as other products like vacuums, air filters, and paints—based on their ability to minimize triggers of asthma and allergy and contribute to a healthier indoor environment.

Tarkett is a long-time client of the asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program and has adopted a portfolio approach to certification, with a range of CERTIFIED products, including the first CERTIFIED soft surface flooring – Powerbond RS.

Tarkett's white paperAs consumer demand for products that support health and well-being continues to grow, it is crucial that product health claims are backed by science. The asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program provides credibility and reassurance to consumers, and CERTIFIED products, including Tarkett flooring, align with USGBC LEED credit requirements for low emitting materials.

Tarkett supports the long-term health of the global community through the Tarkett Cares program and has donated 24,520 square feet of asthma & allergy friendly® certified flooring to Yachad-DC, a local nonprofit housing remediation organization, which used the flooring to help families in the Washington, D.C. area improve the quality of the air in their homes as part of their Healthy Homes Project. Involvement in projects that target health disparities in underserved communities allow manufacturers like Tarkett to contribute in a meaningful way. 

As Tarkett says:

In the face of the many challenges that contribute to high rates of respiratory illness, we believe that healthy indoor air quality starts with a strong foundation.

Our goal? Support healthier communities from the ground up— one asthma & allergy friendly® certified floor at a time.

 

 

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