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IAQ UK is an independent organisation with the aim of 'raising the agenda of indoor air quality within the home and workplace'

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Interesting Research / Literature


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If you have knowledge, let others light their candles in it

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Key Documentation


IAQUK Links


Please use the below links to explore further details about indoor air quality:




Database of research


A new database of research is currently being developed and will be available to IAQUK members.

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Think about all the things in your environment.  We are using more materials such as MDF, plywood, particleboard, foam insulation, plastics, paints and cleaners. 


Some compounds can take up to six months for vaporised chemicals to dissipatate. Research concluded that VOCs are higher in new buildings, than old; and 3 times higher in buildings built after 1982, than in buildings built before 1940.  With hundreds of varied compounds, typical health effects can include eye, nose and throat irritation, headaches, migraines, nausea and the feeling of dizziness.    For those who are chemical sensitive, it can also exacerbate asthma. 2004 research concluded that mothers who used air fresheners daily suffered almost 10% more headaches than those who used them less than once a week. And that of the mothers who used air fresheners, 16 percent suffered from depression compared with 12.7 % of those mothers who hardly ever used air fresheners. The Toxic Substances Strategy Committee stated that the majority if cancers (80-90%) are triggered by exposure to substances in the environment.

 

It is impossible for us to understanding the chemical maze and the effects on our body and the long term implications.

 

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Get a quick glimpse of some of the most important ways to protect the air in your home by touring the Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) House. Room-by-room, you'll learn about the key pollutants and how to address them.

Start your tour of the IAQ House

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What positive steps can you take to turn an unhealthy environment into a healthy one.



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Chemical

 

Source 

 

Acetone

 

Paint, coatings, finishers, paint remover, thinner, caulking, nail polish remover, drying agent

 

Benzene

 

Industrial solvent, plastics, synthetic rubber, and dyes

 

1,3-butadiene

 

Nylon, tyres, synthetic rubber

 

Butyl Acetate

 

Acoustic ceiling tile, linoleum, caulking compound

 

1,4-Dichlorobenzene

 

Carpet, moth crystals, air fresheners

 

Ethyl Acetate

 

Solvents, nail varnish removers, perfumes

 

Ethylbenzene

 

Plastics, polystyrene

 

Ethylene Glycol

 

Anti-freeze, often used in cars

 

Formaldehyde

 

Preservation, disinfectants, solvents, photography processing

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Chemical

 

Source 

 

Isopropoanol

 

Solvent, cleaner, usually for electronic products

 

Methylene chloride

 

Solvent, paint stripper, decreaser, aerosol spray propellants

 

Nonanal

 

Flavours and perfume

 

4-Phenylcyclohexene (4-PC

 

Carpet, paint

 

Terpenes (limonene, a-pinene)

 

Deodorizers, cleaning agents, polishes, fabrics, fabric softener, cigarettes

 

Tetrachloroethylene

 

Solvent in dry cleaning, degreaser, paint stripper

 

Toluene

 

Paint thinners, solvents

 

Trichloroethylene

 

Metal cleaning and speciality adhesives

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Search for the level of VOCs in your car. 

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