7) Eco-homes and health

Eco –homes & Health

A home that is designed with the environment in mind will naturally also create an internal environment that is healthier to live in. Using natural materials in both construction and finishes will help reduce the level of unhealthy chemicals given off in the home, making the air cleaner to breathe. For example, using paints, oils and varnishes with low VOCs and avoiding or minimising the use of petroleum-based products for insulation, panelling, etc. can really help. Installing efficient ventilation systems can reduce internal humidity, eliminating damp problems and preventing accumulation of mould. Including air filters in a ventilation system can help reduce problems from dust mites, pollen and other particles that could trigger asthma or other allergies. Having a more stable temperature in your home can also reduce illnesses caused by extremes of heat or cold.