TCNA Highlights Health, Safety Attributes of Ceramic Tile
The Tile Council of North America recently produced a bulletin to provide at-a-glance health information regarding ceramic tile.
Ceramic tile manufacturers, distributors, dealers, and those involved in the sale and selection of construction materials have a new resource available to communicate the many benefits of choosing ceramic tile, particularly when health and safety are primary considerations. The Tile Council of North America (TCNA) recently produced a bulletin to provide at-a-glance information in response to increasing interest in the human health and safety aspects of various building materials, in both commercial and residential construction.
“People are seeing media reports on formaldehyde in laminate flooring, and phthalates in the PVC in vinyl flooring, and are worried," said Eric Astrachan, executive director. “Just last week, Dr. Oz did a segment on the potential toxicity of laminate flooring products. We don't know which products specifically are concerning, but what we do know, and what we want to help consumers understand, is that these concerns are simply non-issues when it comes to ceramic tile.”
Specifically, the bulletin points to the following health, safety, and environmental aspects of ceramic tile: VOC, formaldehyde, and PVC-free; hypoallergenic; made of natural ingredients; 60-year service life; non-flammable/zero smoke development; and wide availability of slip-resistant options. Many of the listed attributes bring specification benefits for building design professionals. For example, because ceramic tile is non-flammable and does not produce smoke in a fire, it inherently meets the flame spread and smoke development requirements of Section 803 of the International Building Code (IBC) for interior wall and ceiling materials. Similarly, the durability of ceramic tile makes it cost effective and the best choice for reducing negative environmental impacts when compared to flooring products that need to be replaced more frequently. In addition, slip resistance is a top consideration for all spaces where people will walk on wet surfaces.
“The scientific community is only recently starting to assess background exposure levels and to better understand how much interior finishes can affect human health,” said Jyothi Rangineni, Ph.D., research scientist. “More and more research is being done as people realize the long-term impact of various common chemicals in the built environment.”
For more information, visit www.tcnatile.com.