Today's new homes are better insulated, are more tightly sealed and have fewer holes in the exterior shell than ever before. While these advances in technology and building science have greatly improved energy efficiency in new homes, they have also helped foster a potentially harmful environment for the homeowner.
Indoor air quality (IAQ) is rapidly becoming a concern among health care professionals and builders. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the air quality within a home may be five times as unhealthy as the air outside. Poor IAQ can lead to many health issues, including headaches; eye, nose and throat irritation; fatigue; and dizziness. Poor IAQ can also trigger asthma attacks, as well as pneumonitis and humidifier fever.
Some of the major offenders in creating poor IAQ are carbon monoxide, pet dander, dust mites and mold spores.
When a new home is under construction, builders have the best chance to help create a clean breathing environment for their customers. By being aware of the factors that can contribute to poor IAQ, builders can work proactively to install systems within the home that can lead to a more comfortable and healthy living environment.
Builders who strive to build durable, comfortable and safe homes may find that potential customers respond well to efforts to improve their indoor air quality. By being proactive, builders not only deliver a healthier home, they create a competitive advantage for themselves in an environmentally conscious market.
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