The ‘Healthy House’ con­serves re­sources

The Telegram (St. John’s) - Home Buyers' Guide - - ZONING MAP / METRO REGION -

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 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.

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