The quality of what you breathe directly relates to your quality of life. It is critical to create indoor environments free from air pollutants in order to rejuvenate and support your health, vitalityand mental clarity.
Our dwellings and commercial buildings are increasingly being designed air tight to save energy costs. However, this often translates to a lack of ventilation, meaning that dirt, dust, pollen, dander and chemicals off-gassing from building materials, finishes, furnishings, cleaners and personal care products recirculate into the air we breathe.
Considering that we breathe 1500 quarts of air each day, a little air pollution can have a significant impact on your health.The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has stated that 65% of our indoor environments are polluted, sometimes as much as 6 to 10 times higher than outside city air.
- Allergist claim 50% of illness is caused or worsened by indoor pollution
- Asthma has doubled since 1980
- It's estimated that 18% of the population have become chemically sensitive
Design with Your Air in Mind
Intentional Environment evaluates and consults on the selection of materials, finishes, building methods, systems and strategies to maintain healthy indoor air and support energy efficiency.
The following are considerations:
- Provide ample ventilation and fresh air
- Properly ventilate all combustion gas appliances
- Choose the best heating and cooling strategies for your needs
- Water and moisture exclusion techniques to prevent growth of mold, bacteria and dust mites
- Regulate air humidity using humidity buffering buildings materials
- Use non-toxic building materials, furnishings and finishes
- Choose appropriate air filtration strategies