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Healthy Air

The average person spends about 90 per cent of his or her time indoors.  According to the scientific community, the air quality indoors, is often two to five times worse than it is outdoors.  Due to the use of toxic materials and lack of ventilation, indoor air pollution for new construction or renovation can be as much as 100 times worse. 

The quality of indoor air can have a significant effect on health and well being.  Poor air quality caused by contaminants in the home can trigger headaches, asthma, allergies, nausea, and other health symptoms that make a home challenging to live in.  Simple design and eco-friendly products can help improve air quality and make a home something worth coming home to.

  • Straw bale walls allow the house to breathe, contributing to a healthy home. 
  • Air lock – We separated the living space and mudroom/front entrance with doors and a step to keep dirt, toxins and cold air from entering our main living space.
  • The heat recovery ventilation system injects fresh air into the house while removing stale air.
  • Houseplants can be very beneficial for indoor air. They purify and renew stale indoor air by filtering out toxins, pollutants and the carbon dioxide we exhale.  Allow one plant per 100 square feet of living for the optimum benefit of oxygen released.
  • We maximized the use of operable windows and natural ventilation, placing windows in appropriate areas to allow for cross ventilation.
  • When finished construction, we used fresh outdoor air to naturally purge the building of any remaining airborne gaseous or particulate contaminants. Sometimes, you just need to leave the windows open or better yet, go outside.
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