KEIM MINERAL PAINTS LTD
Deer Park Way, Donnington Wood
Shropshire TF2 7NA
Tel: 01952 231250
Fax: 01952 231251
Company Registration Number 2343394
INDOOR AIR POLLUTION – THE ISSUE
Outdoor air pollution is a well-publicised discussion topic, focusing on industrial and transport emissions. It is really important, however, to also look at the potential health effects of poor indoor air quality. Indoor air quality can have negative impacts on building occupants, particularly for groups of people with specific sensitivity to pollution including the young, elderly and those who suffer with existing respiratory health conditions.
The impact of air pollutants on human health depends on their toxicity, concentration and exposure period, but with research suggesting that, on average, people spend 90% of their times indoors, the effects can range from odour, to irritation, to more serious toxic effects. In working and learning environments such as offices and schools, poor indoor air quality can significantly impact productivity and impair learning.
Indoor air pollution is created by a mixture of pollutants generated from inside the building and external pollution which migrates indoors. Internal sources include building materials used during construction of the building i.e. paints, furniture and furnishings, cleaning products and air fresheners as well cooking and heating appliances.
Examples of some of the most prevalent and potentially harmful indoor air pollutants include benzene, Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) such as toluene and ozone, formaldehyde, acetaldehyde and nitrogen dioxide.
INDOOR AIR POLLUTION – A SOLUTION
Whilst measures can be taken to control outdoor emissions and ventilate internal areas, it is also possible to use materials such as mineral paints which are made with only natural materials to help improve internal air quality. Mineral paints do not contain any VOCs and are both environmentally friendly and sustainable.
PHOTOCATALYTIC MINERAL PAINT
Keim Ecosil-ME is a particularly beneficial mineral paint as it is a photocatalytic interior paint (ME = Minox Effect). Photocatalytic paints contain a catalyst, in this case titanium dioxide, which when activated by light, enables a reaction converting harmful air pollutants into harmless substances. The pollutants which Keim Ecosil-ME helps to reduce include VOCs:
Keim Ecosil-ME offers all the features and benefits of Keim Mineral interior paints:
High breathability (moisture vapour permeable) for dry walls and healthy room climate
•No toxic gases in the case of fire
•No solvents or plasticisers added, therefore no pollutant emissions
•Proven suitability for people with allergies
•Resistant to mould and fungal growth due to natural alkalinity
•Excellent ecological profile
•Mineral matt surface appearance
•Increases light reflectivity
•Lightfast and UV stable – no fading of colours
•Class 1 wet abrasion resistance
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