Indoor Sports Monthly – February 2013
Volume 2, Issue 5
Indoor sports are not just about competition. They are a way to promote health and physical well-being. This issue of Indoor Sports Monthly explores the importance of creating healthy indoor spaces for physical activity through indoor air quality.
Omnisports Becomes the First Certified asthma & allergy friendly™ Sports Floor
Tarkett Sports' most popular multi-use sports surfaces, Omnisports 6.5 and 8.3, are now the first sports floors to be certified asthma & allergy friendly™ by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. A certified flooring product has been scientifically tested to prove:
- It has a low capacity for retention of allergen.
- Allergen that does accumulate can be removed by the recommended cleaning technique.
- Recommended cleaning of the flooring will not result in exposure of the operator to airborne allergen.
- Installation of flooring does not result in elevated levels of chemicals such as: formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, and other VOCs.
Asthma, Allergies, and Indoor Air Quality
Approximately 60 million people in the US suffer from asthma or allergies, making it more prevalent than diabetes, heart disease, and cancer combined. Asthma alone is responsible for 10.5 million school absences per year and allergy cases now affect one in five Americans. Some causes of this epidemic cannot be controlled, like genetics and outdoor conditions, but indoor air quality (IAQ) is one factor that can. Since we spend around 93% of our time indoors, good IAQ is the most effective environmental remedy for asthma and allergy sufferers. On the other hand, poor IAQ not only exacerbates asthma and allergies, it can also cause headaches and dizziness among facility users. That is why good indoor air quality is key to improving the health and well-being of millions of people.
What is Indoor Air Quality?
Indoor air quality (IAQ) is the relative measure of harmful pollutants that can be found in the air of an indoor environment. These pollutants can include anything from secondhand smoke to mold spores. IAQ has two basic contributing factors: the volume of pollutants added by environmental factors and the degree of ventilation available. Poor IAQ can cause short-term health problems such as headaches, fatigue, and dizziness. It can also worsen long-term conditions such as asthma and allergies. Flooring can affect IAQ through the type and amount of VOCs emitted into the air.
How Omnisports GreenLay™ Improves Indoor Air Quality
Good IAQ begins with flooring. A floor with low VOC emissions and low allergen retention can reduce overall airborne pollutants. Omnisports is FloorScore® certified and it is the first sports floor to be certified asthma & allergy friendly™ by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. It has some of the lowest TVOC emissions of any resilient sports floor, with less than 100 micrograms per cubic meter. In comparison, some sports floors currently on the market emit over 1,700 micrograms per cubic meter. When installed using the GreenLay™ system, VOC emissions can be reduced even further. Since GreenLay™ is 98% adhesive free, emissions from adhesive are nearly eliminated. Omnisports is also very resistant to mold, showing no growth in ASTM G21 tests. In short, Omnisports is more suitable for asthma and allergy sufferers and contributes to better IAQ.
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