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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?
Unfortunately, most construction today is rife with 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. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), other health effects may show up either years after exposure has occurred or only after long or 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 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.
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. 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:
When Clarum builds a home, we take all of the above factors into consideration. Our team meticulously selects all of the glues, caulks, paints, and carpets that go into the passive homes we build. Specifically, we review their Green Guard rating and get the lowest we can for each element, such as low- to no-VOC paints. We pay very close attention to the home’s moisture control systems, pest management, heating, ventilating, air conditioning (HVAC) and combustion venting systems and building materials. Our attention to these details means a home that has less dust, lower pollutants, and is more comfortable and healthier for you and your family.
“The way we’re building these passive homes,” says John Suppes, “will be the way that homes are required to be built in the future. Clarum incorporates the best use of the latest technology and materials to create custom homes that are healthier and more comfortable.”
Interested in learning more about our approach to building healthy home environments? Call Clarum Homes at 650.322.7069