Indoor air quality is closely related to health and well-being. As we tend to spend a large amount of time indoors, breathing air free of harmful pollutants improves the quality of life and lowers the risk of respiratory or chronic diseases.
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) for example, are pollutants emitted by building materials and household products. Exposure to these pollutants is particularly high indoors and can cause health problems such as headaches and breathing problems.
Buildings’ designs should include various specifications to improve indoor air quality. Ventilation is essential to always provide clean and fresh outdoor air; although it is necessary to create an air-tight envelope to prevent moisture and mould growth.
The use of low-emission products and the practice of active control of indoor pollutants are also effective applications for reducing indoor pollution.
How do we act?
Glass is by definition an inert material and is not a source of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). In line with our health policy and through our Eco-Innovation program, we have developed our raw glass to maintain a healthy and pollution-free indoor environment with near-zero formaldehyde and VOC emissions.
The PVB interlayers in our laminated glass have negligible VOC emissions and our enamelled glass goes through a furnace which eliminates all VOCs in it.
Our mirrors and lacquered (painted) glass have the highest A+ scores (<1000 µg/m3 in total VOC and <10 µg/m3 in formaldehyde) following the French Regulation on VOCs and construction products introduced in April 2011.