Indoor Air Quality
We are all heavily exposed to indoor air, as we spend almost 90% of our time in confined spaces, such as buildings or transports.
Moreover, many recent scientific studies show that indoor air is often more polluted than the outdoor air, even in an urban environment. The two main reasons are the presence of many emissive materials as source of indoor pollution as well as an excessive confinement resulting from energy saving concerns.
As a consequence, there is an accumulation of pollutants in confined indoor environments that leads to potentially harmful situations. For example, many studies describe the development of symptomatic diseases, such as MCS (Multiple Chemical Sensitivity) or "sick building syndrome" as well as various types of allergies.
Certech is supporting customers and partners at different levels :
1) Global evaluation of the Indoor Air Quality.
Our mobile laboratory is sampling on site various pollutants and is directly analysing the air quality according to some "comfort" parameters. Certech is also working with partners like Visiosense ®, which is sending sampling kits allowing the customer to perform himself the initial diagnosis.
Certech carries out all the regulatory controls, either at Belgian or French level (eg, French Decree 2012-14 for indoor air quality of public buildings).
Certech is providing its expertise to identify the origin and causes of an odour problem and in its remediation.
2) Specific evaluation of materials or systems for indoors applications.
Certech laboratory performs emission tests on building materials, automotive materials, household products, air fresheners, electronic cigarette ... These tests comply with the standards requirements (mainly ISO16000 and AFNOR XP B44-13) and labels, whether it concerns the assessment of chemicals emission or the odours. Emissions are also assessed according to legislations (French decree on construction products labelling, Construction Product Directive ...) or OEM requirements.
Beyond the simple diagnostic and the determination of the contribution of a specific material into an emission, Certech is provinding support for the development of low emission and low odour products or formulations. Certech has also been active for years in the field of air purification through photocatalysis and is a recognized Belgian expert as an active member in normalisation committees AFNOR B44 and CEN/TC 386.