RISC Presents 6 Tips to Reduce Allergy, Cancer, and Accident Risks in Your Home
02 Feb 2022Corporate
RISC is a research hub set up by MQDC, the property developer within DTGO. The center promotes healthy and sustainable design and construction, sharing knowledge and hosting resources such as its library of well-being materials.
Baanlaesuan is a media hub for home design.
Let’s check out the solutions they recommend:
1. VOC-free paint, to reduce the risk of allergies - Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) vaporize at room temperature and normal pressure, making your indoor air toxic. They are found in cleaning agents, insecticides, house paints. In the long term they can cause cancer, damage to internal organs, and birth defects. Enhance your indoor air quality by using materials certified to be free of or low in VOCs, with standards such as French VOC A+ or LEED.
2. Formaldehyde-free furniture, to reduce the risk of cancer - Formaldehyde is a colorless toxic gas. It causes the pungent smell of new furniture. Inhaled in large quantities it may cause symptoms of acute toxicity, abdominal pain, vomiting. In small quantities it may cause irritation and a burning sensation in the eyes and nose. There are 4 levels of detectable formaldehyde: E2, E1, E0, Super E0. For long-term health we recommend Super E0, with no formaldehyde found.
3. Air-purifying tiles, to clean the air – Many innovative decorative tile brands now have properties to purify the air, to trap toxins and dust, and to absorb and release moisture. These properties can reduce mold and unwanted odors. Tiles can also absorb formaldehyde and VOCs that harm health. Tiles from clay and volcanic ash have been developed to absorb and retain moisture and odors or to purify air tiles with AIR ION technology.
4. Food grade synthetic stone counters, to protect from microbes and carcinogens – Natural stone can contain radioactive material such as radon, a risk factor for lung cancer. Kitchens can also be breeding grounds for fungi and bacteria. For hygiene and safety use food grade materials with NSF 51certification such as synthetic stone.
5. Anti-germ tiles, to prevent infections – Choose tiles that are easy to clean, without joints that could harbor germs and with antibacterial properties. Healthy tiles exist in many forms for all areas of your home. Anti-bacterial and hygienic tiles can reduce microbes by 99%. Silver nano tiles have special properties to prevent and inhibit the growth of bacteria.
6. Safe flooring, to suit older adult – Spaces should be on a single level, without tripping hazards. Non-slip materials are useful, especially in the bathroom. Special materials can also cushion impact from falls to safeguard older adults. Flexible EPDM rubber sheet offers high durability and shock absorption, reducing fracture risks. Vinyl flooring with a foam layer can also cushion impact.
RISC and Baanlaesuan are publishing research and innovation articles to enhance quality of life in the home. Stay tuned for more next month.
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