Shutters And Indoor Air Quality- What Is Best For Your Home
Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) is a growing concern for Colorado homeowners and many consumers today. Colorado’s more energy efficient homes hold more mold, radon, volatile organic compounds (VOC) and carbon monoxide. This has been receiving greater attention more than before as poor IAQ has become linked to poor health.
Paradoxically, the IAQ problem is often worse in newer green home designs in Colorado’s fast growing areas. Since newer homes in Colorado are more tightly sealed, the chemicals that emit from indoor sources get trapped inside. One of the ways to improve poor IAQ is to reduce the presence of VOCs in the air you breathe. VOCs are emitted by many of the products in a home such as carpets, furniture, curtains and other window coverings.
Our Lexwood shutters and our Polycore shutters have received both the GREENGUARD® Indoor Air Quality and the coveted GREENGUARD® Children & Schools certifications. This means that our shutters have passed an extensive series of tests to ensure that they meet stringent third-party standards for low chemical emissions based on established health standards and will not contribute to IAQ problems.
Polycore shutters have been tested to these standards;
UL94-2006, “Tests for Flammability of Plastic Materials” (Vertical Burning Test, V-O, V-1 or V-2). Classification: The submitted sample is Classified V-0.
NFPA 701 Fire Test 1 (small) 2004 Edition “Standard Methods of Fire Tests for Flame-Resistant Textiles and Films”. Test Results: Pass.
Flammability in accordance with the procedures outlined in California Administrative Code, Title 19, Section 1237.1 Original Condition. Conclusion: The submitted sample meets the flammability requirements.
The above tests were performed by QAI, a California State Fire Marshal certified testing lab. They are accredited by numerous government and private organizations. Accreditations are available on their web site at www.qai.org.
California certification is available at the Office of the State Fire Marshal website at http://www.osfm.fire.ca.gov/strucfireengineer/pdf/lab/approvedtestinglabs.pdf
Polycore shutters are a registered flame resistant product (F-59402) with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Office of the State Fire Marshal.
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