Looking for a Home with Good Indoor Air Quality?

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An increasing number of people are concerned about the quality of air inside their homes, and with good reason, as indoor air is typically two to five times more polluted than the air outdoors.  Mold, gases, toxic chemicals, and other airborne pollutants can compromise indoor air quality.  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has instituted a program that addresses these issues in new construction:  Indoor AirPlus.

Not only are Indoor AirPlus qualified homes built to have better indoor air quality, but they also meet Energy Star guidelines for efficiency.  This results in healthy, comfortable homes that cost less to operate and maintain.  The EPA set additional construction specifications for builders to follow, such as the careful selection and installation of:  moisture control systems; heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning systems; combustion-venting systems; radon-resistant construction; and low-emitting building materials.

Now through June 15, you can tour the HGTV green home in Port St. Lucie, Florida, which has earned the EPA’s Indoor AirPlus label.

Indoor AirPlus measures include:

  • Moisture control to minimize the growth of mold and water/condensation issues.
  • Radon control to reduce the risk of radon-related lung cancer (mesothelioma).
  • Proper Heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems to ensure ventilation and filtration to dilute and remove indoor air pollutants.
  • Combustion venting to prevent exposure to carbon monoxide and airborne pollutants from mechanical equipment and appliances.
  • Building Materials which are protected from weather damage during storage and construction.  Materials containing fewer chemicals are used, and the homes are ventilated prior to move-in to allow for minimal off-gassing of new materials during occupancy.
  • Pest Management which is done by proper sealing and screening the home.
  • Homeowner Education which minimizes indoor air quality problems.

The EPA’s website even contains a directory to help homeowners find building professionals who comply with the program.

Tag(s): Green Building, Greening the Home, Hazardous Products / Health Issues


2 Responses to “Looking for a Home with Good Indoor Air Quality?”

  1. Sue Hendershott on June 8th, 2009 1:19 pm

    I don’t think it is correct to say radon-related lung cancer is mesothelioma. I have only heard mesothelioma used in relation to exposure to asbestos (not radon).


  2. Joyce Benson on June 8th, 2009 9:25 pm

    Oops, you’re right! Thanks, Joyce

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