While people with environmental sensitivities differ greatly, and their needs vary wildly, generally, a healthy home has been built or remodeled with low or non-toxic materials and have been provided adequate ventilation, filtration, and HVAC systems. Often older homes, which have not been remodeled recently, are a good beginning for a healthy home as any previously toxic materials have out gassed most or all unhealthy constituents.
In a healthy home one generally eliminates as much toxic materials as possible. Thus during the building or remodeling process materials know to be toxic are simply not used in a healthy home. If a material known to contain toxic materials or gasses cannot be replaced then it is appropriate to “encapsulate” these materials with appropriate sealers or other materials or technologies. Because our homes are “tighter” than ever – proper ventilation is key to maintaining healthy indoor air quality. Thus healthy homes eliminate and encapsulate building materials and finally ventilate and filter to keep indoor air quality high.
There are many ways to define a healthy home, however, for our purposes we define a healthy home as one that meets at least a few of the following criteria:
Made or remodeled with generally non-toxic building materials
No pesticide use in or around the home – this is essential
Home is maintained with non-toxic cleaning supplies – this is essential
HVAC, ventilation and filtration systems that are designed for optimum health
An older home that would ordinarily not be considered healthy that has been updated with health in mind could be a good possibility for individuals wanting a healthy home.