Studies suggest indoor air is two to five times more polluted than outdoor air, caused largely by toxic chemical emissions from household items like paint, furniture and cleaning products. As people spend more than 90 percent of their time at home, work or school, it is no wonder the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency cites indoor air quality (IAQ) as one of the top environmental health risks and indoor air pollution as one of the greatest overall risks to human health.

We have created a first-of-its kind environmental chamber to go, allowing companies to test large equipment that previously could not be examined. Our proprietary air quality databases for product chemicals, building air and microbial volatile compounds enable us to apply advanced data mining, analytics and predictive modeling capabilities to help in the development and use of products that are environmentally safe. We have also established an innovative analytical technique to measure semi-volatile organic compound emissions like those given off by phthalates and flame retardants.

UL can speak to the science of product emissions testing, the stringency of local regulations and the risks of poor indoor air quality.

Story ideas

  • The effect of IAQ on children and how to improve IAQ in homes and schools
  • “Green” building doesn’t necessarily mean “clean” building
  • Most important product choices for your home’s air quality
  • New research to consider in building design for improved indoor air quality