HEALTHY HOMES

Feel Healthy, Safe and Connected in Your Home.

Healthy Homes improve the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities through construction methods and environment design. Build a home that not only reduces environmental impact but also reduces impact on you and your family. Healthy Homes consider a variety of factors to ensure you’re in the right place, breathing the right air, using sustainable energy and protected from toxins and electromagnetic fields – all in ultimate comfort.

What Makes a Healthy Home?

To make a healthy home the selection of materials, design of living environments, ecological, economic, and social aspects are considered.

Indoor Air Quality

  • Supply of sufficient fresh air
  • Absence of chemical air pollutants and irritants
  • Absence of toxic moulds, yeasts, and bacteria as well as dust and allergens
  • Use of natural, nontoxic materials with the least amount of radioactivity
  • Have breathing walls that allow vapour to transpire and avoid condensation and mould growth

Water Quality

  • Whole house filtration, to exclude chlorine and other potential irritants
  • Drinking water filtration, to exclude fluoride and other irritants.

Electro-Pollution

  • Electricity wires need to be the shielded type.
  • Wires are kept away from sleeping areas, wherever possible.
  • Wires that lead to high powered appliances like heaters, are to be at a distance to sleeping places to reduce exposure to magnetic fields.
  • Bedroom position is considered in relation to street wiring.
  • Internal sources such as gadgets, appliances online and wifi are carefully consider, using timers and or shielding

Sustainability

  • The aim is to move towards a home that is as self sufficient as possible, with a minimal carbon footprint.
  • Considerations are – Minimised energy consumption
  • Sustainable energy generation
  • Use of local products and trades, if possible
  • Rubbish and materials are re-used or recycled
  • Grey water can be re-used in the garden
  • Rain water from tanks
  • Organic rubbish is composted, worm-farmed, mulched
  • The garden has edible aspects, like a herb garden, veggies, fruit trees

Comfort

  • Optimised room acoustics to achieve a pleasant, silent and authentic acoustic environment.
  • Use of natural light is maximised
  • Flicker-free lighting
  • Colours are warm, or change according to the circadian rhythm
  • Pleasant odour in the house.
  • Absence of solvents and dominant fragrances.
  • Strive to achieve a balance between insulation and ventilation to achieve a relative humidity around 50%
  • Smart design minimises fluctuations in temperature and/or offsets the need to heat and cool
  • Insect screens on all windows and doors.
  • Doors sealed at bottom
  • Ant caps and physical barriers against termites, rather than chemical ones.

Connected Living

  • Nurture the sensory perceptions of sight, hearing, smell, and touch
  • Maximise daylighting and choose flicker-free lighting sources and colour schemes that closely match natural light
  • Base interior and furniture design on physiological and ergonomic needs

Community Context

  • Design the infrastructure for well-balanced mixed use: short distances to work, shopping, schools, public transit, essential services, and recreation
  • Create a living environment that meets human needs and protects the environment
  • Provide sufficient green space in rural and urban residential areas
  • Strengthen regional and local supply networks as well as self-sufficiency
  • Select building sites that are located away from sources of contamination, radiation, pollutants, and noise

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