Buildings with Vapor Intrusion Issues Risk Occupants’ Health


Source: Cochrane & Associates, LLC

Molecular filtration solutions from UVDI’s Sparks Technology can help remove dangerous volatile organic compounds (VOCs) to improve building indoor air quality (IAQ).

Vapor intrusion is described by building envelop professionals as what happens when a gaseous substance migrates into a building.  Volatile organic compounds and other gases can make their way from contaminated soils and groundwater through cracks in foundations or sewer lines and enter a building. When vapor intrusion occurs it can create an environment that damages structural materials and puts building occupants’ health at risk.  Human exposure to vapor intrusion can cause everything from minor irritations such as headaches and nausea, to more significant problems such as cancer or chronic disease from prolonged exposure to toxic vapors.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports that potential health issues associated with vapor intrusion vary and are dependent upon the types and concentrations of chemicals involved.  The length of exposure to the chemicals and the overall health of those being exposed are also factors that may determine how vapor intrusion will impact building occupants. Fortunately there are solutions for buildings with vapor intrusion problems.  Granular activated carbon filters remove VOCs and other hazardous air pollutants to help protect people and property from vapor intrusion issues. UVDI’s Sparks Technology™ brand of bonded activated carbon filters are ideally designed for effective VOC removal.  Sparks Technology utilizes a proprietary bonded activated carbon manufacturing process known as BPS (Bonded Particulate Structure) technology that increases its effectiveness over other carbon products. 

“Exposure to elevated levels of VOCs or other harmful gases from vapor intrusion issues can be harmful to people’s health,” reported Ashish Mathur, PhD, UVDI’s Director of Technology.  “Sparks Technology’s BPS carbon products properly installed will reduce VOC contamination and improve IAQ conditions.” Mathur continued. 



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