Shut away snugly inside our homes and our workplaces we may think we are safe from pollution … but we’d be wrong. In fact, air pollutant
concentrations are higher inside than outside buildings. This is the
conclusion of a report by a French senator on the risks and dangers
presented by commonly used chemical substances.
Cleaning and health products, cosmetics, computers, incense, furniture … A
whole host of products and everyday objects came under close scrutiny. And they stand accused of polluting our cosy little nests. And of damaging our health. This is what specialists refer to as sick building syndrome. In
other words, buildings that can make us ill.
Yet for many the idea of indoor pollution is unknown. Pollution seems to
belong outside, explains Isabelle Roussel of the Association for the
Prevention of Atmospheric Pollution in France. And it’s difficult to imagine
that a pleasantly scented product or incense could be a source of toxic
emissions. And yet this is the case. Insulation may prevent outside
particles from permeating our buildings but it also reduces indoor
ventilation. Which is why it is necessary to aerate buildings regularly.
The report stresses the need for an insulation solution that does not mean
confinement and also recalls the importance of research into the toxicity of
the products used inside our buildings.