healthy house

Until recently no one thought about their homes as a potential health problem. There is a common perception that unhealthy houses and “sick building syndrome” are a byproduct of modern hi-tech construction methods and materials and to some degree this is true, but the problem has been around ever since humans started building houses.

Our focus begins with the indoor air quality and the careful selection of building materials. Many conventional construction products emit harmful vapors including formaldehyde, phthalates, PBDE’s and VOCs. Our methods have shown to dramatically reduce the incidence of respiratory illness triggered by exposure to household dust and chemical residues present in carpeting, furniture, and other home products.

Top 5 Benefits of a Healthy House

Occupant Health

A Healthy House promotes superior quality of indoor air, water and lighting.

Energy Efficiency

Homes account for about 20 per cent of all energy used in Canada. Of this, about 67 per cent is used for space heating and cooling, 18 per cent for lighting and appliances, and 15 per cent for heating water. 

A Healthy House reduces energy use in all these areas, in all seasons. It minimizes heat loss in winter and gain in summer. It relies on efficient heating and ventilation systems, reduces the consumption of electricity and other fuels, and encourages the use of renewable energy. It also reduces the energy used in the manufacture of building materials and in house construction.

Resource Efficiency

A Healthy House makes efficient use of all our resources. It is also affordable and adaptable to changing needs. Efficient use is made of building materials, and construction waste is well managed. Durability of building components is essential. The Healthy House conserves resources, especially water and energy.

Environmental Responsibility

The principles that guide the construction and use of a Healthy House are the cornerstone of environmentally responsible housing. 

A Healthy House uses alternative water and wastewater systems, encourages site planning that reduces land requirements, promotes resource-efficient landscaping and considers broader community planning issues such as transportation.

It involves a new way of thinking about how homes and communities contribute to the health of the planet. Houses are becoming smaller and more space efficient with multi-use floor plans. While building lots are smaller, they are more creatively used.

Affordability

For a Healthy House to succeed in the marketplace, it must be good for the owner, the builder and future generations. Many features of the Healthy House make it affordable, and its design makes it easily adaptable to its occupants’ changing needs.

Contact Us:

Headquarters 
1837 Shuswap Avenue
Lumby, British Columbia
V0E 2G0

Mailing Address
PO Box 173 
Lumby BC,
V0E 2G0      

BC   (250) 938-0053 
AB   (403) 996-0820