Studies have shown that on average, Americans spend about 90% or more of their time indoors (source: the inside story: a guide to Indoor Air Quality. U.S. EPA). The design of these interior spaces has a major affect on human health. Wood in general and specifically reSAWN’s wood and finishes can contribute to improving indoor air quality. Often specified in environments where allergies to dust and particulates are a concern, wood is naturally hypo-allergenic and its smooth surface makes it easy to keep clean and free from particle build up unlike carpeting. Wood can also improve indoor air quality by naturally moderating humidity. Wood absorbs or releases moisture in order to maintain an equilibrium with the surrounding air. reSAWN’s materials are specifically made to contibute towards a healthier indoor environment. Our engineered materials consist of 9-layers of birch bonded together with non-toxic glues and contain no urea formaldehyde. Our hardwax oil finish is made from natural plant based products and is 100% VOC-free. The goals of sustainable design embrace not only environmental concerns but also the physical health and psychological well-being of the building’s occupants. Wood is a warm and comforting material that provides a direct connection with nature – a tenant of biophilic design.
Image: reSAWN’s FSC ® White Oak flooring at Haverford College