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