As we spend 90% of our life indoors (source: Sentinel Haus Institut 2014), it is important to be able to rely on a healthy living environment. The HT coating (Hydrophilic Tile) offered by Deutsche Steinzeug makes a significant contribution to healthy living environments:
- It impedes growth by mould, bacteria and other microorganisms.
- It facilitates cleaning of the surface.
- It helps to decompose pollutants in the air such as formaldehyde and indoor odours.
And all of this simply through the effects of light!
Titandioxid (TiO2) is burned insolubly and permanently into the ceramic surface at a high temperature. As a permanent catalyst, it triggers a practically life-long reaction activated by light (photocatalysis) with oxygen and humidity. This gives rise to activated oxygen and a hydrophilic, water-friendly ceramic surface.
Commitments to energy-efficient buildings have led to increasingly dense building shells in the past few years, preventing odours and pollutants from dissipating outwards. While planning and designing interior areas, the aim is therefore to avoid substances which are harmful to health and make intelligent selections with regard to the materials used indoors. But building materials are not the only culprits when it comes to indoor air pollution. Floor coverings, installation materials and furniture can also be responsible for increasing concentrations of volatile organic compounds (VOC) in hermetically sealed buildings. Architects and planners can counteract these side effects using HT.