> Energy efficiency. According to the Chemical Fabrics and Film Association, the energy required to manufacture vinyl wallcoverings is only half as much as the amount needed to produce the same amount of paper wallcoverings¹.
> Indoor air quality. Because vinyl wallcoverings are so easy to clean, they make it easy to remove sources of known allergens, thereby improving indoor air quality. This is also helpful in controlling pathogens and promoting a sterile environment in healthcare settings. Like many interior products, vinyl wallcoverings may have an initial odor when newly installed. This odor results from adhesives, printing inks and additives that give the vinyl its particular performance attributes. Often, complaints from building occupants about irritation and odor are associated with volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These compounds can originate from many sources, including cleaning solutions and interior materials. To reduce exposure to VOCs, check with the manufacturer for low-emitting and low-odor products. Good ventilation is also critical for good indoor air quality. Ventilating with up to 100 percent outside air can reduce the initial period of emissions. Information on "airing out" times published in the product literature should always be observed. Tests by independent laboratories have shown that, with adequate ventilation, the initial odor in vinyl wallcoverings will dissipate much faster than the odors of most paints.
> Infection control. Vinyl wallcoverings provide easy-to-clean surfaces, helpful in controlling pathogens and promoting a sterile environment. Vinyl interior products are frequently specified in patient care areas as well as the public spaces of healthcare facilities for this very reason.
¹ "Facts & Information," a publication of the Chemical Fabrics & Films Association