Sick building syndrome

Tuesday 1 July 2014
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The problem of building contamination is the underlying cause of the so-called “sick building syndrome” and of a number of illnesses and allergies. Toxic or harmful substances (dust, pollen, spores, bacteria) can be released into the interior of buildings  by the materials used in the construction industry or for furnishings, or may come from the environment outside.
A number of EPA studies into human exposure to polluted air estimate that the level of contaminants indoors is between 2 and 5 times higher – with peaks that are much higher still – indoors than outdoors. This is a particularly serious problem if we consider that most people spend about 90% of their time indoors.
Among the materials available to design engineers, it is clear that it is preferable to choose those commonly known as “low-emission” materials. Porcelain stoneware – because it is chemically and physically inert as a result of the high-temperature heat treatment that concludes the manufacturing cycle – guarantees excellent performance from this point of view, avoiding the release of any type of contaminating substances (Lead, Cadmium, etc…).

Below are the most important aspects to consider in evaluating the performance of porcelain stoneware:
• Easy maintenance: thanks to its inert, compact, hard wearing surface, porcelain stoneware possesses all the characteristics able to guarantee easy, effective hygiene conditions;
• Fire resistance: in contact with flames, porcelain stoneware floor or wall coverings do not become damaged, do not spread or boost fire and do not develop or emit toxic substances, gas or vapour of any kind;
• Health: porcelain stoneware forms little dust, and therefore requires little maintenance. Because they are inert, porcelain stoneware tiles neither produce nor release substances dangerous to the health of people or the surrounding environment.

Discover all the characteristics of Mirage porcelain stoneware.