How Kogan Builders creates a healthy indoor environment.
If you have questions about how healthy your new home will be, you’re not alone. A March 2016 paper by the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University detailed a nationwide study asking 2,200 people if they had concerns about their indoor environment. Nearly half expressed some worry, and the issue cited most often was Indoor Air Quality.
Those results are what we would have expected. Energy codes are mandating nearly draft-free homes at the same time that manufacturers are introducing more synthetic materials and chemical-based finishes. When you add high-profile media coverage to the mix—like dozens of news stories in 2009 about drywall imported from China emitting hydrogen sulfide gas, and a 2015 CBS 60 Minutes segment about formaldehyde emissions from imported laminate flooring—people naturally want assurances.
The good news is we, at Kogan Builders, take the responsibility for good Indoor Air Quality very seriously. As a Certified Green Builder, we offer affordable green building solutions that save our clients on energy costs, improve air quality, and reduce envrionmental impact.
A tightly built, energy-efficient home may have better air quality than an old, drafty one because it gives the mechanical system more control over the indoor environment. Kogan Builders ensures that your home maintains good air quality by specifying specific mechanical ventilation that replaces stale interior air with fresh outside air at a predictable rate.
Hidden Health Factors
While material choice and ventilation play obvious roles in good Indoor Air Quality, there are two other factors most homeowners don’t think much about: the size of the mechanical equipment and the ductwork.
Heating and cooling equipment that’s properly sized, with carefully installed ductwork, will use less energy and deliver better air quality. For instance, while an oversized air conditioner will keep the home cool on a muggy summer day, it won’t remove enough humidity. And ducts with leaky transitions that run through an unconditioned basement, attic or garage can draw mold, insulation fibers or chemical fumes into the living space.
We, as an experienced builder, avoid such problems by hiring top-notch HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) subcontractors and these professionals make sure the system is correctly sized with properly sealed ducts.
The bottom line is that a new custom home built by Kogan Builders is an opportunity to create a healthier indoor environment.