Light, Air Quality, And Thermal Comfort Make A Home Healthy

December 15, 2016

Researchers have found that homes both directly and indirectly influence all aspects of daily life, including sleep patterns, social interactions, and mental well-being.

Citing a report from the UK Green Building Council, Lloyd Alter of Tree Hugger found how builders and designers can make a home as healthy as possible.

Effective healthy home features include: high quality windows that maximize daylight, plenty of insulation to maintain comfortable temperatures, ventilation that draws fresh air and filters pollutants, and building materials that do not emit VOCs.

Space should be designed for accessibility as residents age; bedrooms should be quiet and promote healthy sleep; they should be big enough to avoid overcrowding.

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