The Basics: Glossary, Problems Caused, Quick Quiz
Health: Respiratory System, Asthma & Allergies, MCS
Pollutants: Kinds, Where They Come From, Mould
Building: 14 Points, Features, Recommendations
Renovating: Top 3 Materials, Details, For Homeowners
Products: Ozone Generators, Carpet, Air Cleaners
More: Fact Sheets, Household Tips, Building Materials
Top Pick: If You Have Time To Surf Only One Site
1. The Basics Ė Glossary,
Problems Caused, Quick Quiz
Glossary Of Indoor Air Quality Terms
Much of healthy housing relates to indoor air quality. Here is a glossary from EPA that explains what many IAQ terms
mean, especially those long, six cylinder scientist-type words.
Problems Caused By Sick Buildings
Although it covers commercial buildings, this London Hazards Centre report will give you a better understanding of the
many different health problems caused by sick buildings. Wow!
Healthy House Quiz
So you think you know about healthy houses? The American Lung Association offers you a quick quiz, based on some
US facts, which test your Indoor Air Quality knowledge.
Respiratory System, Asthma & Allergies, MCS
Human Respiratory System
Un-healthy housing affects our respiratory system. Here is a great overview of how breathing works, by the
American Lung Association. Somehow it reminds me of my school homework.
Asthma & Allergies
Those who suffer from asthma or allergies may have special challenges in certain house conditions. The Canadian
Lung Association site is a good source for quality information.
Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS)
Some people suffer from high sensitivity to even low levels of common chemicals. For an overview of MCS, and
links to more info, visit the US Occupational Safety & Health site.
Kinds, Where They Come From, Mould
What Kinds Of Indoor Air Pollutants Are There?
The ALA site covers types and solutions for indoor pollutants such as asbestos, biological, carbon monoxide,
formaldehyde, lead, pesticides, radon, and second hand smoke.
Where Pollutants Come From?
Many different house components and contents are sources of pollutants. This simple diagram from the Health House
site demonstrates these, and links you to more details for each.
What You Need To Know About Mould
Mould is being blamed for all kinds of health issues. Once again Dr. Joe Lstiburek provides you and/or your customers
with the straight goods, in an easy-to-understand way.
14 Points, Features, Recommendations
14 Points To Healthy House Construction
John Bower is a well-respected Canadian expert on Healthy Housing and he offers you 14 dos and doníts for designing
and constructing a house that wonít make the occupants sick.
Features Overview: Health House
For some tips on things to consider when building, along with a short description of how to meet certain standards for
them, check out the ALA Health House Features site.
Practical Recommendations: Read This Before You Build
Good details on the what, why, where and how, are covered in these practical recommendations for healthy and
affordable housing from Building America and Dr. Joe Lstiburek.
Top 3 Materials, Details, For Homeowners
Top Three Materials For Healthy Renovation
The Healthy Home Designs site gives you some basic tips on how to select healthy products for three common
renovation materials: paint, flooring and wood particleboard/fibreboard.
Details: Read This Before You Turn Over A House
Hereís another offering from Dr. Lstiburek and Building America. This report details ďhealthyĒ things you should ensure
before turning a house over to the owners.
Healthy Housing Renovation Planner For Homeowners
For those owners who want to do their own homework before starting a healthy renovation it might be worth
recommending that they order this planning book from CMHC, for only $35.
6. Products: Ozone
Generators, Carpet, Air Cleaners
Ozone Generators May Be Dangerous
If you ever get asked for your opinion on ozone generators, this Health Canada site may come in handy. They do not
recommend them for use as residential air cleaners.
To Carpet Or Not To Carpet
Carpet has advantages, but it can cause problems for some people with sensitivities. Here are some tips on alternative
choices and selection from the Healthy Home Designs site.
Residential Air Cleaning Devices
Air cleaners are sometimes sold as the miracle solution for indoor pollutants. The ALA site has excellent information on
types, effectiveness and health impacts of residential units.
7. More: Fact
Sheets, Household Tips, Building Materials
Healthy Housing Fact Sheets For Various Rooms
CMHC has online fact sheets, by room, covering design and products for resource efficiency, environmental responsibility,
occupant health, energy efficiency and affordability.
Virtual HealtheHouse: Shows Household Tips
Here is an interactive site from CHEC that gives some tips for a healthy household, showing different rooms and areas.
Just move your mouse over the item and the tips appear.
Building For Health: Healthy Materials Centre
Finding healthy building materials is not easy. This site, although itís in the US, has listings of quite a number of such
products. You can order online, or check for brand names.
Top Pick: The Health House Site
The Health House Site
The American Lung Association has developed the Health House Program. Their site has information on all aspects of
Healthy Housing for builders, trades and consumers.
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