Indoor Air Quality
Over the last several years much attention has been focused on air pollution. Most urban cities now have "Save the Air" programs in place to minimize air pollution caused by vehicle emissions, supplying the commuting public with free public transportation for the day. Up until recently, not many scientists had paid much attention to the quality of air within homes and other buildings, despite the fact that US government research indicates that people spend approximately 90% of their time indoors. In fact, in many cases, the air within buildings can actually be more polluted than the air outside. Couple that fact with the amount of time most people spend inside, and you have a recipe for a health related disaster.
Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) is a term used to describe how clean the air is inside a building. Common indoor air pollutants include carbon monoxide (CO), carbon dioxide (CO2), volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and particulates (dust from renovation, mold, mildew, secondhand smoke, pet dander, etc.).
Volatile Organic Chemicals (VOCs)
Our ceiling tiles and panels were tested for all individual volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) including formaldehyde, respirable particles, ozone, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxide, and carbon dioxide emissions in a controlled and representative indoor environment that allows the product to produce the emissions in a realistic manner similar to the way the product would emit in a home or office. This process can be easily translated into real world scenarios and allows the product use to be evaluated for health, irritation, and odor concerns for a wide range of indoor environments. Not only did we meet GREENGUARD's standards (the first ceiling tile to do so!), we earned GREENGUARD Gold status which offers even stricter certification criteria, considers safety factors to account for sensitive individuals (such as children and the elderly), and ensures that a product is acceptable for use in environments such as schools and healthcare facilities.
The GREENGUARD Certification Program gives assurance that products designed for use in indoor spaces meet strict chemical emissions limits, which contribute to the creation of healthier interiors.
Certification standards have established performance-based standards to define products and processes with low chemical and particle emissions for use indoors. The standards are primarily for building materials, finishes, interior furnishings, furniture, cleaning products and electronic equipment. The standards establish certification procedures including test methods, allowable emission levels, product sample collection and handling, testing type and frequency as well as program application processes, toxicity limits and acceptance.
GREENGUARD GOLD Certification
GREENGUARD Gold Certification offers stricter certification criteria, considers safety factors to account for sensitive individuals (such as children and the elderly), and ensures that a product is acceptable for use in environments such as schools and healthcare facilities. It is referenced by both The Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) and the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Building Rating System.
Dust and airborne particulates can be irritating to the upper respiratory system and will adversely affect individuals with existing allergies, asthma, and respiratory diseases. Chronic exposure to high levels of dust and airborne particulate also poses a risk for people not currently experiencing any respiratory symptoms.
Ceilume Ceiling Tiles and Panels are 100% dust-free.
- No dust, no fiberglass
- Will not break or flake
- Smooth, nonporous, nonabsorbent
- Easy to clean, simply wipe down with a damp rag
Mold, Mildew, and Bacteria
Biological contaminants like mold, mildew, and bacteria can trigger allergic reactions (including hypersensitivity pneumonitis, allergic rhinitis, and some types of asthma), release disease-causing toxins, and cause sneezing, watery eyes, coughing, shortness of breath, dizziness, lethargy, fever, and digestive problems.
Ceilume Ceiling Tiles and Panels are 100% waterproof.
- No water stains, no moisture-related sagging, no rot
- Mold and mildew resistant
- Nonporous, nonabsorbent
- Hygenic, easy to clean, easy to disinfect
U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Under Flood Damage-Resistant Material Requirements for Buildings Located in Special Flood Hazard Areas under the National Flood Insurance Program; Technical Bulletin 2 (2008), Ceilume Ceiling Tiles and Panels are a Class 4 Material, defined as, "These materials can survive wetting and drying and may be successfully cleaned after a flood to render them free of most harmful pollutants. Materials in this class may be exposed to and/or submerged in floodwaters in interior spaces and do not require special waterproofing protection." Consider use of uplift prevention clips to reduce likelihood that panels will be dislodged.