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Raise a Happy, Healthy Home

What is a Healthy Home?

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Before Construction

Healthy Home builders pre-plan how to construct homes that are safe for future residents, using materials and techniques that won’t contaminate the air.

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Healthy Upgrades

For older homes, renovations can turn your house into a Healthy Home via upgrades to a home’s ventilation, air purification, and residential humidification systems.

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Daily Maintenance

Choosing to keep a Healthy Home is an ongoing commitment that can be made with routine maintenance and a few simple lifestyle changes.

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You’re building your dream home from the ground up. Congratulations! Here are the blueprints you should consider as you turn your dream home into a healthy home.

Advice from the Experts

Enjoy several hand-selected resources to guide you on your journey toward a Healthy Home.

U of T Engineering News (University of Toronto)

Air filtration and COVID-19: Indoor air quality expert explains how to keep you and your building safe

Can air filtration protect someone from getting COVID-19? What kind of filter is effective? Get the answers to these questions and more.

Urban Land Institute

Confronting COVID-19: Social Distancing, Buildings, and Lessons from Asia

Learn about strategies for building environments that can help the transmission and spread of the novel coronavirus.

Harvard Health Publishing

Coronavirus Resource Center

Harvard Medical School shares FAQ's, new information, and a podcast about the new coronavirus and COVID-19.

The Washington Post

The coronavirus is deadly enough. But some experts suspect bad air makes it worse.

The novel coronavirus is having a significant negative impact on our health. However, other factors like poor air quality may be worsening outcomes even further.

World Health Organization

Ventilation and airborne diseases

Poorly ventilated buildings don't just contribute to poor air quality - they can also foster the spread of airborne diseases.

REHVA - Federation of European Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Associations

COVID-19 Guidance

See what REHVA experts have to say about building operation and service practices during the COVID-19 outbreak.

WIRED

They Say Coronavirus Isn't Airborne—but It's Definitely Borne By Air

The novel coronavirus may not be considered an airborne virus in the truest sense by public health officials but that doesn't mean it is completely grounded either.

American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers

ASHRAE Resources Available to Address COVID-19 Concerns

ASHRAE provides guidance to building industry professionals regarding ways to address COVID-19 concerns when managing HVAC systems.

BBC Future

Covid-19: How long does the coronavirus last on surfaces?

The coronavirus that causes COVID-19 can survive on surfaces longer than you might expect. It's about more than washing your hands and wearing a mask.

National Geographic

Here’s how coronavirus spreads on a plane—and the safest place to sit

Air travel is a game changer when is comes to the spread of respiratory illnesses like the novel coronavirus. Check out the probability of coming into contact with the virus if there is an infected person on your flight.

The Hill

The coronavirus outbreak is an epidemiological situation unique to China

The number of coronavirus cases in China is not the only factor to consider when looking at this recent epidemic. Societal and cultural differences also play an important role.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Preventing COVID-19 Spread in Communities

Protect yourself and others from spreading COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses by engaging in healthy practices like hand washing, disinfection, and more. Keep your community healthy!

American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine

Indoor Air Quality

Learn about indoor air pollutants and how they impact indoor air quality and the respiratory system.

Environmental Health Perspective

Pollen Overload: Seasonal Allergies in a Changing Climate

Evidence suggests that the number of people suffering from seasonal allergies will rise in a changing climate due to longer growing seasons and rising C02 levels.

National Public Radio

When LA's Air Got Better, Kids' Asthma Cases Dropped

The Southern California Children's Health Study shows positive health trends occur when air pollution is reduced. As pollution decreased, so did the number of new asthma cases in children.

CTV News

Increasing indoor humidity can protect against the flu: researchers

Scientists are discovering that dry air helps viruses and bacteria to live longer, while also interfering with our body's natural ability to rid itself of these particles.

Harvard

‘Green’ buildings appear to boost health of low-income residents

According to a Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) study, residents of low-income housing appear to benefit from living in “green” buildings that improve indoor air quality.

Environmental Protection Agency

Report on the Environment : Indoor Air Quality

An EPA review of indoor air quality

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America

What is a mold allergy?

Learn about what a mold allergy is, symptoms to watch for, and current treatments. Discover ways to prevent allergic reactions to mold growth in your home.

BBC News

Coronavirus: Nasa images show China pollution clear amid slowdown

Satellite images show that air pollution has decreased dramatically in China since the onset of COVID-19.

Environmental Health News

Climate change, inversions, and the rise of “super pollution” air events

Temperature inversions are becoming more and more prevalent, causing an increase in episodes of dense air pollution.

Mother Jones

Is Your City Smart About How to Protect You From Pollution?

Zoning policies that have historically encouraged exclusion of certain groups are now being used to address air pollution concerns, promoting environmental justice reforms.

Science Daily

Melting snow contains a toxic cocktail of pollutants

Researchers in Montreal have discovered that urban snow absorbs car emissions and alters the concentrations of nanoparticles, both of which contribute to air pollution.

Mother Jones

How China's Filthy air is screwing with our weather

Wondering about the increase of cold snaps and heavy storms in America? Scientists have identified Asia's air pollution as one factor in these extreme weather conditions.

Weather.gov

Clearing the air on weather and air quality

Learn about ground-level ozone, particulate matter, and how both interact with weather to impact air quality.

United States Consumer Product Safety Comission

The Inside Story: A Guide to Indoor Air Quality

Explore current indoor air quality concerns and their causes. Learn about what you can do to improve the air quality in your home and other indoor environments.

Vox

Installing air filters in classrooms has surprisingly large educational benefits

When the Southern California Gas company installed air filters in Los Angeles Unified School District classrooms after a gas leak, something unexpected happened: test scores went up

Environmental Protection Agency

Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools Action Kit

Here's a practical plan from the EPA that schools can use to remedy indoor air quality problems at little-or no-cost.

American Lung Association

Cleaning Supplies and Household Chemicals

Household products can sometimes contain ingredients that are harmful to your respiratory health. Learn about healthier options for cleaning and deodorizing.

Silent Spring

Air quality in “green” housing affected by toxic chemicals in building materials

Even in the green building industry, there are building materials used that create VOCs.

USA Today

Air pollution inside my house could kill me. What are you breathing in at your home?

A review of how indoor air can be unhealthy, and the impacts it can have.

Environmental Protection Agency

Indoor Air Quality and Student Performance

How indoor air quality impacts student performance in schools

Occupational Health and Safety

Breathe Cleanly - Steps to Purify The Air In Your Home

Steps to take to purify the air in your home

United States Environmental Protection Agency

Building Air Quality: A Guide for Building Owners and Facility Managers - Printable Version

What can you do as a builder or building owner to improve air quality?

TreeHugger.com

Another look at indoor air quality and "the indoor generation"

Humans are spending more time indoors than ever before - but at what cost?

American Lung Association

New Construction and Remodeling Tips

Check out these helpful tips for new home construction or remodeling projects.

Harvard

Even ‘green’ homes contain hazardous chemicals

Are green homes actually green?

U of T Engineering News (University of Toronto)

Air filtration and COVID-19: Indoor air quality expert explains how to keep you and your building safe

Can air filtration protect someone from getting COVID-19? What kind of filter is effective? Get the answers to these questions and more.

REHVA - Federation of European Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Associations

COVID-19 Guidance

See what REHVA experts have to say about building operation and service practices during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Urban Land Institute

Confronting COVID-19: Social Distancing, Buildings, and Lessons from Asia

Learn about strategies to use in building environments that can help the transmission and spread of the novel coronavirus.

American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers

ASHRAE Resources Available to Address COVID-19 Concerns

ASHRAE provides guidance to building industry professionals regarding ways to address COVID-19 concerns when managing HVAC systems.

ASHRAE

Top ten ways homeowners can ensure good indoor air quality

Learn about how to store volatile compounds, good ventilation techniques for your home, proper placement of HVAC systems, and much more.

Environmental Protection Agency

Guide to Air Cleaners in the Home

This short consumer guide from the EPA includes information about portable air cleaners, furnace and HVAC filters used in the home. Also contains tips for selecting a portable air cleaner, furnace filter, or HVAC filter.

U of T Engineering News (University of Toronto)

Air filtration and COVID-19: Indoor air quality expert explains how to keep you and your building safe

Can air filtration protect someone from getting COVID-19? What kind of filter is effective? Get the answers to these questions and more.

Urban Land Institute

Confronting COVID-19: Social Distancing, Buildings, and Lessons from Asia

Learn about strategies for building environments that can help the transmission and spread of the novel coronavirus.

Harvard Health Publishing

Coronavirus Resource Center

Harvard Medical School shares FAQ's, new information, and a podcast about the new coronavirus and COVID-19.

The Washington Post

The coronavirus is deadly enough. But some experts suspect bad air makes it worse.

The novel coronavirus is having a significant negative impact on our health. However, other factors like poor air quality may be worsening outcomes even further.

World Health Organization

Ventilation and airborne diseases

Poorly ventilated buildings don't just contribute to poor air quality - they can also foster the spread of airborne diseases.

REHVA - Federation of European Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Associations

COVID-19 Guidance

See what REHVA experts have to say about building operation and service practices during the COVID-19 outbreak.

WIRED

They Say Coronavirus Isn't Airborne—but It's Definitely Borne By Air

The novel coronavirus may not be considered an airborne virus in the truest sense by public health officials but that doesn't mean it is completely grounded either.

American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers

ASHRAE Resources Available to Address COVID-19 Concerns

ASHRAE provides guidance to building industry professionals regarding ways to address COVID-19 concerns when managing HVAC systems.

BBC Future

Covid-19: How long does the coronavirus last on surfaces?

The coronavirus that causes COVID-19 can survive on surfaces longer than you might expect. It's about more than washing your hands and wearing a mask.

National Geographic

Here’s how coronavirus spreads on a plane—and the safest place to sit

Air travel is a game changer when is comes to the spread of respiratory illnesses like the novel coronavirus. Check out the probability of coming into contact with the virus if there is an infected person on your flight.

The Hill

The coronavirus outbreak is an epidemiological situation unique to China

The number of coronavirus cases in China is not the only factor to consider when looking at this recent epidemic. Societal and cultural differences also play an important role.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Preventing COVID-19 Spread in Communities

Protect yourself and others from spreading COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses by engaging in healthy practices like hand washing, disinfection, and more. Keep your community healthy!

American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine

Indoor Air Quality

Learn about indoor air pollutants and how they impact indoor air quality and the respiratory system.

Environmental Health Perspective

Pollen Overload: Seasonal Allergies in a Changing Climate

Evidence suggests that the number of people suffering from seasonal allergies will rise in a changing climate due to longer growing seasons and rising C02 levels.

National Public Radio

When LA's Air Got Better, Kids' Asthma Cases Dropped

The Southern California Children's Health Study shows positive health trends occur when air pollution is reduced. As pollution decreased, so did the number of new asthma cases in children.

CTV News

Increasing indoor humidity can protect against the flu: researchers

Scientists are discovering that dry air helps viruses and bacteria to live longer, while also interfering with our body's natural ability to rid itself of these particles.

Harvard

‘Green’ buildings appear to boost health of low-income residents

According to a Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) study, residents of low-income housing appear to benefit from living in “green” buildings that improve indoor air quality.

Environmental Protection Agency

Report on the Environment : Indoor Air Quality

An EPA review of indoor air quality

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America

What is a mold allergy?

Learn about what a mold allergy is, symptoms to watch for, and current treatments. Discover ways to prevent allergic reactions to mold growth in your home.

BBC News

Coronavirus: Nasa images show China pollution clear amid slowdown

Satellite images show that air pollution has decreased dramatically in China since the onset of COVID-19.

Environmental Health News

Climate change, inversions, and the rise of “super pollution” air events

Temperature inversions are becoming more and more prevalent, causing an increase in episodes of dense air pollution.

Mother Jones

Is Your City Smart About How to Protect You From Pollution?

Zoning policies that have historically encouraged exclusion of certain groups are now being used to address air pollution concerns, promoting environmental justice reforms.

Science Daily

Melting snow contains a toxic cocktail of pollutants

Researchers in Montreal have discovered that urban snow absorbs car emissions and alters the concentrations of nanoparticles, both of which contribute to air pollution.

Mother Jones

How China's Filthy air is screwing with our weather

Wondering about the increase of cold snaps and heavy storms in America? Scientists have identified Asia's air pollution as one factor in these extreme weather conditions.

Weather.gov

Clearing the air on weather and air quality

Learn about ground-level ozone, particulate matter, and how both interact with weather to impact air quality.

United States Consumer Product Safety Comission

The Inside Story: A Guide to Indoor Air Quality

Explore current indoor air quality concerns and their causes. Learn about what you can do to improve the air quality in your home and other indoor environments.

Vox

Installing air filters in classrooms has surprisingly large educational benefits

When the Southern California Gas company installed air filters in Los Angeles Unified School District classrooms after a gas leak, something unexpected happened: test scores went up

Environmental Protection Agency

Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools Action Kit

Here's a practical plan from the EPA that schools can use to remedy indoor air quality problems at little-or no-cost.

American Lung Association

Cleaning Supplies and Household Chemicals

Household products can sometimes contain ingredients that are harmful to your respiratory health. Learn about healthier options for cleaning and deodorizing.

Silent Spring

Air quality in “green” housing affected by toxic chemicals in building materials

Even in the green building industry, there are building materials used that create VOCs.

USA Today

Air pollution inside my house could kill me. What are you breathing in at your home?

A review of how indoor air can be unhealthy, and the impacts it can have.

Environmental Protection Agency

Indoor Air Quality and Student Performance

How indoor air quality impacts student performance in schools

Occupational Health and Safety

Breathe Cleanly - Steps to Purify The Air In Your Home

Steps to take to purify the air in your home

United States Environmental Protection Agency

Building Air Quality: A Guide for Building Owners and Facility Managers - Printable Version

What can you do as a builder or building owner to improve air quality?

TreeHugger.com

Another look at indoor air quality and "the indoor generation"

Humans are spending more time indoors than ever before - but at what cost?

American Lung Association

New Construction and Remodeling Tips

Check out these helpful tips for new home construction or remodeling projects.

Harvard

Even ‘green’ homes contain hazardous chemicals

Are green homes actually green?

U of T Engineering News (University of Toronto)

Air filtration and COVID-19: Indoor air quality expert explains how to keep you and your building safe

Can air filtration protect someone from getting COVID-19? What kind of filter is effective? Get the answers to these questions and more.

REHVA - Federation of European Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Associations

COVID-19 Guidance

See what REHVA experts have to say about building operation and service practices during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Urban Land Institute

Confronting COVID-19: Social Distancing, Buildings, and Lessons from Asia

Learn about strategies to use in building environments that can help the transmission and spread of the novel coronavirus.

American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers

ASHRAE Resources Available to Address COVID-19 Concerns

ASHRAE provides guidance to building industry professionals regarding ways to address COVID-19 concerns when managing HVAC systems.

ASHRAE

Top ten ways homeowners can ensure good indoor air quality

Learn about how to store volatile compounds, good ventilation techniques for your home, proper placement of HVAC systems, and much more.

Environmental Protection Agency

Guide to Air Cleaners in the Home

This short consumer guide from the EPA includes information about portable air cleaners, furnace and HVAC filters used in the home. Also contains tips for selecting a portable air cleaner, furnace filter, or HVAC filter.