Low VOC Acoustic Solutions: Benefits for Indoor Air Quality and Health

The Increasing Importance of Indoor Air Quality

Indoor air quality (IAQ) has long been a topic of concern, especially considering that individuals spend the majority of their time indoors—whether it be at home, school, or work. The quality of air within these spaces significantly impacts human health, well-being, and overall productivity.

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)

VOCs are organic chemicals with high vapour pressure at ordinary room temperature. These compounds emanate from various sources like paints, adhesives, furnishings, cleaning agents, and many building materials. Prolonged exposure to VOCs can lead to an array of health issues, ranging from minor irritations like headaches and dizziness to more severe conditions like respiratory diseases and cancer¹.

Acoustic Solutions and VOC Emissions

 Traditional acoustic solutions, particularly those used for soundproofing or to improve audio quality within indoor environments, were often culprits of high VOC emissions. This was largely due to the materials and adhesives used in their construction and installation.

Low VOC Acoustic Solutions


Improved Indoor Air Quality

Low VOC acoustic solutions, as the name suggests, release minimal volatile organic compounds into the air. This directly translates to better indoor air quality, reducing the risks associated with prolonged exposure to harmful chemicals².

Enhanced Well-being and Productivity

Cleaner air leads to improved cognitive function, fewer health issues, and an overall enhanced sense of well-being. In commercial settings, this also translates to increased productivity and reduced sick leaves³.

Sustainability and Environment
Low VOC products often align with sustainability goals. By reducing the release of harmful compounds into the atmosphere, these solutions contribute to a healthier environment both indoors and outdoors.

Recommendations for Implementation

For architects, builders, and homeowners keen on prioritising health and well-being, it’s imperative to choose low VOC acoustic solutions. While initial costs might be slightly higher than traditional products, the long-term benefits—both health and environmental—are substantial.

It’s also crucial to ensure proper ventilation in spaces, especially immediately after the installation of any new materials or furnishings. Ventilation helps in quickly reducing the concentration of VOCs that might be emitted initially⁴.

The Shift Towards Healthier Indoor Environments

As the built environment continues to evolve, prioritising factors like indoor air quality and sustainable construction materials becomes paramount. The growing awareness of the harmful effects of VOCs has ushered in a new wave of eco-friendly building practices. From low voc materials to wellness-focused architecture, the industry is taking proactive steps to ensure healthier living and working spaces. Embracing these practices is not just about following a trend; it’s about building a future where well-being and sustainability are at the forefront.


  1. Indoor Air Quality and Health: World Health Organization, 2018.
  2. Volatile Organic Compounds’ Impact on Indoor Air Quality: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 2017.
  3. The Impact of Green Buildings on Cognitive Function: Environmental Health Perspectives, 2016, 124(6).
  4. Guidelines for Selecting and Using Low-VOC Paints and Finishes: California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, 2020.



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