The EPA recently rated indoor air pollution as one of the five most urgent environmental issues, accounting for over $1 billion in direct health care costs each year.
The poor quality of indoor air is being blamed on a lack of proper ventilation and the building materials often used in homes, schools, and offices. As a result, a new generation of healthy building materials is being developed to help reduce the pollutants released into indoor air. E:zero is a leading material in this respect.
Of all the building materials used in a newly constructed building, insulation has a major, long-term impact on the quality of the indoor air you and your family breathe. With 40% of North American households having at least one family member who suffers from allergies or asthma, attaining maximum indoor air quality should be a major concern.
Spray foam insulation improves indoor air quality significantly. It creates a comfortable, draft-free and condensation-free environment in a single application. By sealing out dust, allergens, odors, and pollutants, E:zero foam insulation allows the air management system to be designed so that indoor air quality is healthier than outside air. It does not emit gases or odors and offers no support to bacteria or fungus growth. Likewise, foam neither turns to dust nor loses fibers into the breathing air. In addition, there is absolutely no formaldehyde used in the production of foam, so none can be emitted.
An E:zero insulated environment is highly recommended for those suffering from allergies, respiratory problems, and chemical sensitivities.
Impact on Your Health
If you wonder about the health impact of the leading material (i.e. fiberglass), we recommend that you check the internet for more information. It is fascinating to see that NAIMA, the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association asks, "Does fiberglass cause cancer in people?" Their answer: "exposure levels are low, and (...) even if inhaled into the lung, most fibers disappear quickly with no adverse health effects." Here's the interpretation:
- fiberglass does cause cancer in animals
- "exposure levels are low" is not the same as "exposure levels are nonexistent"
- "most fibers disappear with no adverse health effects" means "some fibers remain, with some adverse health effects."
Even if the risks were truly minimal, why not avoid them altogether by installing spray foam insulation?
Cellulose, which is made mostly from recycled paper, is a material that is agreeable to critters such as mice and rats, and would provide a cozy environment for insects, if it weren=E2=80=99t for the boric acid added to it. The boric acid kills intruders, which often find their final resting place inside your walls or attic. Boric acid is not a healthful material, and even though the concentration is low, you will be in your house for a long time. Once again, foam is the best material in terms of zero impact on your health.
Spray Foam does not emit anything, good or bad. It does not disintegrate, unlike fiberglass, nor does it shrink, settle, or crack. Spray polyurethane foam simply performs for the lifetime of the building without needing maintenance or upgrading.