Why Build Homes That Have A Positive Contribution to Our Health and Well-Being?
With air pollution and global warming becoming an ever-increasing problem around the world, it’s safe to say that action needs to be taken in order to avoid a public health crisis – something that here in the UK we are heading towards unless we act now.
According to statistics provided by the Environmental Audit Committee, approximately 29,000 deaths occur each year as a result of rising air pollution. This is solid evidence that we need to take the steps necessary to avoid a negative impact on the health and well-being of people across the nation.
Taking this into account, it would be appropriate to suggest that building eco-friendly homes can go a long way in combatting the issue of poor air quality and the hugely damaging effects of global warming on the environment. In turn, this will ensure that future generations can enjoy a beautiful clean world in which pollution is kept to an absolute minimum.
But, just what exactly is the relationship between passive homes and our health and well-being? In the following blog post, we will answer that very question for you. Continue reading to find out everything that you need to know.
How Do Our Homes Affect Health and Well-Being?
It’s hard to deny that the vast majority of our time is spent indoors – whether it’s relaxing at home or getting through your 9-5 in the workplace. With that in mind, it can most definitely be said that indoor spaces affect our health and well-being in a huge way – predominantly when at home. After all, it’s the place where we eat, sleep, and spend quality time with family and friends.
However, many homes up and down the country have a negative impact on our lives in one way or another. For example, maintaining an optimal indoor temperature throughout the year is somewhat difficult in traditional homes. Throughout the summer months, warm and stuffy air often fills indoor spaces which makes it difficult to get a good night’s sleep and wake up feeling refreshed.
The cold winter months also present a challenge in that it can be rather difficult to keep our homes adequately warm. After all, this is the time of year where energy bills are at their highest, which leads to many people up and down the country having to resort to such things as adding an extra layer of clothes or turning down the thermostat in order to keep costs down. This also results in a lot of stress for homeowners and renters in that compromises sometimes need to be made in order to keep on top of energy bills.
This is particularly a problem for the most vulnerable people in society such as the elderly and those who are sick. Each of these groups tend to spend a lot of time indoors, and so keeping the home at an appropriate and comfortable temperature is of paramount importance in order to ensure optimal health and well-being.
A passive home helps to fend off any negative contributions to our everyday lives in more ways than one. From producing a higher air quality to obtaining an optimal temperature all year round, there are many ways in which eco-friendly homes can enhance our health and well-being. In the next section, we will delve deeper into the reasons why we should build more passive homes as the years go by. So, continue reading to find out everything that you need to know.
How Does a Passive Home Positively Affect My Health and Well-Being?
It’s safe to say that a passive home has the potential to vastly improve the lives of people across the globe – allowing them to lead happier and healthier lives. After all, every passive home is built to an exceptional standard, with a well-planned design and environmentally-friendly components ensuring that they stand the test of time, all while lessening the damaging consequences of global warming.
But how exactly does it do this? You ask. Well, all thanks to features such as a Mechanical Ventilation Heat Recovery (MVHR) system, airborne pollutants, mould, and humidity are all kept at bay. This ensures that anyone living in a passive home is far less likely to suffer from allergies, develop respiratory problems, or encounter various other health issues. Over time, this could potentially mean that there is far less strain on health services if health problems such as those previously mentioned occur less often.
In addition to this, reduced energy costs are also possible with a passive home. Effective ventilation, strategic placement of windows, and internal and external shutters all work hand in hand with the MVHR system to circulate fresh air, keep the home warm in the winter, and cool in the summer. So, this means that you can cut down energy costs considerably – especially as a MVHR system is said to retain up to 95% of heat that would have otherwise been lost!
Thanks to each of the features included with a passive home, a much higher quality of sleep, lower stress levels, reduced energy bills, and enhanced comfort are all easily achievable. Effective soundproofing also ensures that any disturbances from the outside world are kept to an absolute minimum, while any noise from your property is far less likely to disturb your neighbours too.
As we’ve looked at in this blog post, there are many reasons why building passive homes has a positive contribution to our health and well-being. From a MVHR system delivering a stream of fresh air throughout the day to keeping you and your family warm throughout the chilly winter months, a Pure Haus delivers each of these benefits and so much more.
Overall, it would be appropriate to suggest that building more passive homes will not only have a positive contribution to our health and well-being, it will also ensure that future generations will be able to benefit from a higher quality of air, reduced energy costs, not to mention a cleaner and more environmentally friendly world.