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3 Major Elements of Healthy Home Building

by Robert Larson

Health and wellness are key trends in the home building industry. More home buyers today emphasize their health over functionality and aesthetics. These concerns have increased with the realization that older buildings could make occupants sick because of the design and materials used. A healthy home building helps you create a safe, comfortable, and energy-efficient living space.

Here are some features that you should consider to make your new home healthy.

1. Sustainable Building Products

Building materials are among the most common sources of indoor pollution. If you want to build a healthy home, consult your contractor to identify alternative materials. One trend in healthy home building is the use of more natural materials to reduce volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in your home.  

Most products in homes, such as floors, wall panels and furniture, flooring, carpets, and others, release VOCs which pose a health risk. Alternative materials include low VOC paint, paperless drywall, concrete, ceramic tile and stones, solid wood cabinets and doors, and bamboo to mention a few.

2. Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)

More people spend time indoors and this makes it critical to improve the quality of indoor air. There are many sources of indoor pollution, such as fuels, detergents, perfumes, fabrics, furniture, flooring, and others. To build a healthy home, you need a high-performance HVAC system to keep the air clean.  

The best systems now automatically monitor the level of impurities in the air and alert you. You can tell the levels of radon gas, humidity levels, carbon dioxide, and other common pollutants. Your contractor installs systems such as carbon monoxide detectors around the house to keep your family safe.

3. Energy Efficiency

When planning or remodeling your home, consider energy-conserving features. Energy use contributes to the largest chunk of home maintenance. From the lighting, heating and cooling appliances, to other electrical systems, your home needs a lot of power to keep your running smoothly.

Healthy homes promote energy conservation through the use of sustainable energy sources and the elimination of energy wastage. A healthy home building contractor recommends alternative sources of energy such as solar and also installs energy-efficient products for different parts of the building.

From the roofing, flooring, windows, and doors, to the venting, energy-efficient materials that can help save energy. Proper insulation around the house also makes your home more energy-efficient and saves you a lot of money. You enjoy more peace of mind when you have a reliable energy source and you don't have to pay through the nose to power your home.  

 Healthy home building is all about your safety, health, and care for the environment. To get it right, find a healthy home building contractor for this project.