Healthier Buildings: Controlling Air and Moisture
Being a complex, interconnected network of materials, systems and functions, a building should contain products that can work in harmony with one another to ensure proper and adequate functionality and use. Architects and designers can help make the difference when planning to develop healthier, more energy efficient buildings.
When addressing indoor air quality, pollution typically comes in the form of dust, allergens, particulates and other outdoor pollutants. Each of these pollutants can be minimized with Icynene spray foam to contribute to a healthier indoor air quality for occupants. The spray foam creates an air seal around the building trapping and minimizing the infiltration of the pollutants. Those suffering from allergies will often find much needed relief thanks to the improved indoor air quality.
Icynene’s light- and medium-density spray foam products not only act as an effective insulator but also as an air seal. Together with adequate, right-sized ventilation equipment you’ve also addressed the main source of moisture transfer through the building envelope.
It’s commonly understood that mold, in all its forms, could cause health issues. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says that mold ‘can produce allergens that can trigger allergic reactions or even asthma attacks in people’. Some types of mold can even release dangerous toxins which can have an adverse affect on people.
Since mold is a living organism, it seeks moisture, warmth and food for it to grow. Since it is an air seal, Icynene can minimize the possibility of mold occurring since it stops moist air from entering a building. Furthermore, Icynene is not a food source for mold thereby preventing it from forming.
Such considerations by architects and designers helps ensure a healthier building is designed from the outset rather than creeping up when least expected.