Most of an individual’s exposure to air pollutants comes through inhalation of indoor air. Improved air filtration and ventilation, reduction of introduced toxins and careful evaluation of building materials reduce indoor air pollutants. Some low-VOC materials used in the construction of the Student Center include: paints and coatings, adhesives and sealants, and carpeting.
In addition to the use of low-VOC construction materials, recessed entry mats at the lower and main entries collect dirt particles to limit indoor air pollution.
What is a VOC?
There are many different types of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), both man-made and naturally occurring. The EPA states: “Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids. VOCs include a variety of chemicals, some of which may have short- and long-term adverse health effects. Concentrations of many VOCs are consistently higher indoors (up to ten times higher) than outdoors. VOCs are emitted by a wide array of products numbering in the thousands. Examples include: paints and lacquers, paint strippers, cleaning supplies, pesticides, building materials and furnishings, office equipment- such as copiers and printers - correction fluids and carbonless copy paper, graphics and craft materials - including glues and adhesives - permanent markers, and photographic solutions.”