The five essentials of healthy housing
The Healthy House is bright, open, efficient and welcoming. It can be new or renovated, in downtown or suburbia. Wherever you find it, the Healthy House is characterized by these key elements.
It promotes superior quality of indoor air, water and lighting, as well as minimal exposure to background sound and radiation irritants.
The Healthy House reduces energy use in all these areas, in all seasons. It minimizes heat loss in winter and gain in summer.
It relies on efficient heating and ventilation systems, reduces the consumption of electricity and other fuels, and encourages the use of renewable energy.
The Healthy House conserves resources, especially water and energy.
It uses alternative water and waste water systems, encourages site planning that reduces land requirements, promotes resource-efficient landscaping and considers broader community planning issues such as transportation.