Building a new custom home? Indoor air quality should be at the top of your mind.
The average American spends 90% of their time indoors, and air contaminant levels inside the average new home are 2 to 5 times worse than the pollution levels outside.
This may come as a surprise. You’re probably aware of the toxic contaminants like lead and asbestos that have made historical headlines and reshaped building codes. But did you know that new home construction presents its own list of contaminants and pollutants to worry about?
The good news is that you can take steps to ensure that your new home is healthy. High-performance home building practices create a pollutant-free indoor environment, and equipped with the knowledge and the right team, you can build a home with superior indoor air quality for the health of you and your family.
Today, traditional construction practices introduce a variety of chemicals and toxins that pollute our indoor air quality and negatively impact our short- and long-term health.
Immediate effects of exposure to indoor pollutants include irritation of the eyes, nose and throat, headaches, dizziness, and fatigue. According to the U.S. EPA, other health effects may show up either years after exposure has occurred or only after long repeated periods of exposure. These effects, which include some respiratory diseases, heart disease and cancer, can be severely debilitating or fatal.
The good news is that there are many healthy alternatives to traditional construction. If you’re building a new custom home and want to ensure a healthy indoor environment, you should be thinking high-performance from the start.
The following high-performance home building practices maximize the quality of indoor air, and protect the health of you and your family:
While CalGreen, the baseline building code that all new construction must follow in the state of California, addresses historic culprits like lead and asbestos it does not directly address these indoor air pollutants that compromise the health of you and your family.
When building a new custom home, you must take indoor air quality into special consideration, and ensure that it’s at the forefront of your contractor’s decision-making process, from the design phase up through construction.
Interested in learning more about our approach to building healthy home environments? Call Clarum Homes at 650.322.7069