When we think of our home, one of the first thoughts that typically comes to mind is that it’s a place where we are safe. While the structure of the home protects us from the elements, how our home is constructed and the materials used may be negatively impacting our health.
Through research, we have determined that many of the building products used today discharge chemicals that make the air quality in homes unhealthy. These chemicals can affect a variety of your body’s systems, including the immune, circulatory, nervous, reproductive, respiratory, and digestive systems. These unhealthy homes are making adults, kids, elderly individuals, and pets ill and causing a myriad of medical conditions.
With this in mind, we have incorporated healthy materials, products, and processes into our company culture and the design/build process. Our entire team, from designers to construction staff, vendors to trade associates, are educated on the process of building healthier homes. We also understand the importance of educating our clients about the healthy building options available, thinking through the project using a detailed systematic method, incorporating client lifestyle needs into the design and selections, and communicating clearly and efficiently.
So, what do we do to make homes healthy for those that reside in the dwelling? Some of the “healthy home” building practices we have used on home and remodeling projects include…
- paints, stains, and adhesives with low or no volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
- a motion-activated air scrubber to eliminate exhaust odors and toxins from the garage
- hard surface flooring, such as cork, which has antimicrobial properties so it doesn’t create or absorb mold, mildew, or bacteria, plus it’s easy to keep clean and dust free.
- quartz countertops
- formaldehyde-free cabinets with low or no VOCs
- cotton fiber insulation
- a multi-zoned clean air system with an ultra-violet light and MERV 13 filter
- a whole house water purification system with reverse osmosis
- split-level electric for reduced electromagnetic radiation
- a whole house central vacuum
- LED recessed can lights
During construction, we also use Buildclean air purification units to constantly filter the air in the structure. This greatly reduces the amount of dust in the home, which is prevalent during the building process.
What can you do to make your home healthier? Choose non-toxic stainless sinks, ceramic cookware, electric appliances, and steam cooking, plus don’t forget to choose healthy soaps and cleaning products. You can also install sealed metal duct runs and select an HVAC system that helps clean the air in your home.
As you consider your remodeling project or constructing a new home, keep in mind the ways to make your home healthy, which in turn will keep you and your loved one in peak physical condition.