According to UL Environment, most of our exposure to environmental pollutants occurs by breathing the air indoors. These pollutants come from activities, products and materials we use every day. The air in homes, schools and offices can be 2 to 5 times more polluted, and in some cases 100 times more polluted, than outdoor air. When you consider the fact that people spend 90 percent of their time indoors, this becomes a big problem.
More than ever, people are demanding healthy indoor air quality. This means spec'ing products that don't offgas and ensuring proper ventilation is used.
What Makes Indoor Air Quality Green?
Poor Indoor Air Quality can cause or contribute to the development of infections, lung cancer and chronic lung diseases such as asthma. In addition, it can cause headaches, dry eyes, nasal congestion, nausea and fatigue. People who already have lung disease are at greater risk. The American Lung Association recommends that the first line of defense against indoor air pollution is finding ways to keep the pollutants from being added to the air in the first place.
Here are the eco-landmarks we navigate by as we create this sustainable enclave.
|Energy Efficiency Off-the-grid living demands the ultimate in energy-efficient products. Here’s what we picked.|
|Renewables Dependence on petroleum is dead; instead, we use these easy-on-the-environment technologies.|
|Water and Resource Conservation Natural resources are finite. Here are the techniques and products we use to reduce, reuse, and recycle.|
|Indoor Air Quality Healthy buildings mean healthy people. We spec’d products that make the indoors as fresh as the meadow air surrounding us.|
|Smart Technology We harness smart tech that will make life simpler and help us be more sustainable.|
|Durability See which building science practices and green products hold up to the harsh realities of high-altitude living.|
|Resilient Housing Disaster can strike anywhere. Techniques and products can help buffer buildings from these assaults.|
|Multifunctional Living Spaces We designed spaces that morph and accommodate more than one function.|
|Onsite Food Production Fresh food grown on site is the healthiest and most green way to go (not to mention tastiest!) Here are some notes from the high-altitude larder.|
|Indoor/Outdoor Living New products and design conceits blur the lines between shelter and the soul-healing outdoors.|
|Wildlife Protection Wildlife conservation means protecting all plant and animal species and their habitats so nature will be around for future generations to enjoy. Here’s how we address this important concept.|