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A “healthy house” is a dwelling where construction materials, furnishings, and operating systems do not contribute to the ill health of its residents. It goes without saying that we all want our homes to be healthy; unfortunately, some common household products, appliances, structural materials and energy improvements have unforeseen negative consequences. In fact, indoor air pollution from combustion appliances and household products can be two, five, or in some cases even up to 100 times higher than pollution levels found outdoors (US Environmental Protection Agency).
Some of the health concerns in housing include:
Reactions to pesticides, fungicides, and herbicides used in and around the home
Chemical sensitivities to substances found in paints and solvents, including poisoning from lead-based paint
Reactions to chemicals in building materials and furnishings, such as formaldehyde in carpeting or glues in fabricated wood lumber
Reactions to mold caused by damp conditions
Human-caused pollution from smoking
Sustainable Resources Center addresses healthy housing in its programs. SRC’s staff can conduct whole house diagnostic tests to look for air infiltration and ventilation rates, combustion safety tests to ensure that heating appliances are operating safely and are properly vented, indoor air quality tests to measure carbon monoxide, and tests of temperature, relative humidity, and building material moisture content to discover possible mold sources. SRC’s lead hazard control program can identify lead sources throughout your home.
Contact us for more information on SRC’s Healthy Housing diagnostics program.