‘New Frontier’ for ‘Healthy’ Homes

Indoor air quality is one of the top five environmental risks to public health, researchers say. After all, most people spend 90% of their time indoors, whether in homes, office buildings, or other structures. Ventilation is the “new frontier for making houses healthy,” Carl Seville of SK Collaborative, a green building consulting and certification firm, told Forbes.com in a recent article.

There’s reason for the added attention. Recent studies have shown indoor air is polluted with lead, dust mites, radon, pests, carbon monoxide, pet dander, mold, and secondhand smoke, according to the National Environmental Education Foundation. Ventilation in the form of bathroom fans and kitchen range hoods can help remove some of the bad air from homes. Older homes, however, may be prone to leaks of these pollutants.

Source: “Why You Should Take Home Ventilation Seriously,” Forbes.com (May 28, 2019)

HUD Targets Housing-Related Health Hazards

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) wants better identification and control of hazards in the home that could be impacting people’s health. Hazards they want addressed include everything from pest infestation and mold, which can trigger asthma and other illnesses, to poor indoor air quality to injury hazards.

HUD also announced its new Healthy Homes App, which provides consumers with information about potentially serious health and safety problems in the home. It also provides steps home owners can take to protect themselves.

Source: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development