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