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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.

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.

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.

Environmental Protection Agency

Report on the Environment : Indoor Air Quality

An EPA review of indoor air quality

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Environmental Protection Agency

Indoor Air Quality and Student Performance

How indoor air quality impacts student performance in schools

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.

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.

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?

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.

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?

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

Occupational Health and Safety

Breathe Cleanly - Steps to Purify The Air In Your Home

Steps to take to purify the air in your home

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.

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.

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.

Environmental Protection Agency

Report on the Environment : Indoor Air Quality

An EPA review of indoor air quality

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Environmental Protection Agency

Indoor Air Quality and Student Performance

How indoor air quality impacts student performance in schools

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.

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.

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?

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.

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?

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

Occupational Health and Safety

Breathe Cleanly - Steps to Purify The Air In Your Home

Steps to take to purify the air in your home

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.