A Healthier Indoor Environment:
There is no-doubt that a major concern of all homeowners these days is the quality of the air we breathe. In this Built Green™
home, many design techniques, materials and systems all work together to create healthier indoor air.
Click the links at the left for more information on these systems.
A dedicated mechanical ventilation system delivers fresh outside air to all bedrooms and key living spaces while removing stale,
contaminated air. Air changes are managed by the HAI central control unit with supplemental signals from humidistats in the bath
areas signaling for additional air changes when moisture levels rise.
Another aspect of a healthy indoor climate is the use of materials that reduce or eliminate harmful chemicals that might come from
materials and components used to built and furnish the home.
And example of natural materials is the wool carpet used in the bedrooms that do not release chemicals and come from renewable
resources. Wool is also more durable than synthetics, so it will last and look better a lot longer.
Slate, linoleum and recylced tile flooring are also examples of natural materials.
Sherwin-Williams Harmony paints used throughout the home are low-odor during application and have very low VOCs. VOCs are known
or suspected to have negative health effects. The Harmony paint also provides a durable, washable, anti-microbial surface.
Car exhaust fumes are unpleasant and potentially toxic. In this home, a special ventilation fan is wired to the garage door on a
timer to remove car exhaust and other pollutants (from stored paint, glue and other chemicals) every time the garage door is opened.
In addition, garage air is sealed from the main home.