Clean air does not harm the environment nor does it cause a trigger of health issues. Building materials like terrazzo are beneficial for new construction and restoration projects seeking to improve overall indoor air quality.

The repercussions of poor air quality

Breathing in low-quality air can be detrimental to us all. It can lead to serious health conditions such as compromised immune systems, asthma, chronic bronchitis, or lung cancer. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, “air quality inside the home is two to five times worse than it is outdoors.”  People are more aware today of the effects of off-gassing from products containing volatile organic compounds. As a result, architects and contractors seek sustainable materials that have zero or low VOC content for their projects.

Terrazzo effect on overall indoor air quality

For architects and general contractors seeking LEED credits for their projects, terrazzo is an excellent choice for floors, walls, and other interiors.  Some of the attributes of terrazzo that contribute to LEED points are its locally-sourced materials, use of recycled materials, and its longevity eliminating the need for material replacements. But clean air also is a factor.

Students socializing and eating lunch at the dining area at Miami Dade College where terrazzo flooring is installed

 

Components used in epoxy terrazzo and cementitious terrazzo contain zero-VOC content. A finished terrazzo floor will have little to no off-gassing as a result. In addition to having low VOC content, terrazzo is also non-porous which eliminates moisture, mold and bacterial growth. With substantial environmental benefits during the manufacturing and installation phases, terrazzo helps improve the overall indoor air quality for many buildings we visit frequently and occasionally such as our homes, schools, hospitals, and workplaces.

Sources: World Health Organization (WHO), Livestrong.com