Building a healthy home is an important step toward improving and maintaining the health of your family. LEED home design and construction can help you easily take that step.
Green home owners say having a healthier place to live is one of the top 3 benefits of living in a green (LEED) home. Better indoor air quality is a primary reason LEED homes make healthier homes.
Poor Indoor Air Quality Puts Your Health at Risk
We think of our homes as a safe haven, but according to the EPA indoor air pollution in a home can pose a greater health risk than outdoor pollutants. Levels of pollutants inside a home can be 2-5 times, and in some instances 100 times, higher than those of outdoor pollutants. Considering that on the average we spend about 90 percent of our time indoors, an unhealthy indoor environment significantly puts your health at risk health.
If you don’t live in a healthy home, your indoor environment can cause or contribute to a wide range of chronic, and even fatal, health conditions such as:
- Heart disease
- Kidney, liver and central nervous system damage
- Chronic lung disease, including asthma
- Respiratory illnesses
- Allergic reactions
- Gastrointestinal problems
- Loss of hearing
- Memory impairment
- Neurological dysfunction
- Nausea, vomiting
- Headaches, dizziness
Children, the elderly, and those with a compromised immune system are more susceptible to indoor pollutants.
Improving Indoor Air Quality for a Healthy Home
Various factors including inadequate ventilation, indoor chemical contaminants, and biological contaminants such as mold, bacteria, viruses and pollen cause problems with indoor air quality. Outdoor pollutants ranging from radon gas to pesticides can also enter a home and contribute to indoor pollution.
Designed and built to help prevent such problems, LEED homes have improved ventilation and advanced moisture control, among other measures to protect the health of the home’s occupants. To achieve LEED certification for a home, builders must meet criteria set by the US Green Building Council that include these measures for high-quality indoor environment.
Among the required criteria are air filtering that reduces particulate matter from the air supply system, combustion venting to limit the leakage of combustion gases in living areas, and ventilation to reduce moisture problems and exposure to indoor pollutants. Builders must meet criteria for protecting occupants from indoor pollution coming from an adjacent garage. They also use safer building materials during construction such as paints, carpets, sealants and other materials that emit little to no dangerous volatile organic compounds.
The result is a healthier home.
To learn more about building a healthy home in Houston or surrounding area, contact Frankel Building Group.