One of the benefits of buying and living in a green home has always been health related. Energy Efficient and sustainable builders have always taken care to keep water out and to seal up air leaks. One of the effects is to lower your energy bills. Another is to improve the health of those living in the home.
The picture above is a window that was not flashed properly. Water was going into the wall. When you have water and wood together, you get mold. Many new homes do not have this feature. Remember, there is no legal requirement to install insulation or other healthy features in a home in Wichita or Sedgwick County.
Now, US News and World Report’s Health Day column, written by Amy Norton covers a study in Boston. She covered the research report in the American Journal of Public Health.
“Researchers found that children living in Boston’s newer, greener public housing had fewer asthma attacks, hospital visits and missed school days, compared with their peers in standard public housing.
Adults, meanwhile, were less likely to report symptoms consistent with a condition called “sick building syndrome” — which include dizziness, headaches, nausea and eye irritation.”
Buying a home that has green features, such as Water Management Details, Air Sealing, and a Planned Fresh Air system is a big part of the Green Home that creates these benefits. You can find green homes, featuring these benefits, in and around Wichita. Some builder’s choose to have their homes certified to a Voluntary Standard such as Energy Star or Zero Energy Ready or or NAHB Green, or Eco Select. A certified homes have these features verified by someone other than the builder.
So as the New Home market is growing in the Wichita Area, ask your builder about these features. Don’t accept the answer that it is not needed, or this is what everyone else does. This is about the health of your family.