When it comes to our homes, we often focus on aesthetics and functionality while overlooking a crucial aspect: indoor air quality. High performance builders, however, understand the significance of creating living spaces that promote a healthy and comfortable environment.
Here is how high-performance builders improve indoor air quality and contribute to the overall well-being of homeowners:
- Low-VOC Building Materials: High performance builders prioritize the use of high-quality building materials that are low in VOCs (volatile organic compounds). VOCs are chemicals found in various products, including paints, adhesives, and flooring materials, which can off-gas and negatively impact indoor air quality. By opting for low-VOC materials, builders help prevent health issues such as headaches, dizziness, and respiratory irritation, ensuring a healthier living environment for occupants.
- Efficient Ventilation Systems: High performance builders install high-efficiency ventilation systems that bring in fresh air from outside while expelling stale air from within. These systems effectively circulate and filter the air, removing pollutants, allergens, and odors. By ensuring a constant supply of fresh air and proper ventilation, builders enhance indoor air quality and create a more comfortable living space. These systems can even help manage humidity, preventing mold growth—one of the most common health hazards in a building.
- Air Filtration: To further improve air quality, high performance builders incorporate air filters into their homes’ HVAC systems. These filters capture dust, pollen, pet dander, and other airborne contaminants, ensuring cleaner and healthier air for occupants. Regular maintenance and filter replacement are recommended to maintain optimal filtration efficiency.
- Effective Air Sealing: High-performance builders pay close attention to sealing any cracks or gaps around windows and doors. This prevents air leaks, minimizing the infiltration of outdoor pollutants, the potential for mold growth, and enhancing energy efficiency. By effectively sealing the building envelope, builders create a healthier indoor environment and contribute to a more comfortable living space.