Advancements in materials, process, and technology are positively impacting the health and wellness of homes and the people who live in them. The materials, technology, and practices used for building a BrightLeaf home is also healthier for your mind, your body, and your family. Below are some of the common health outcomes of green and energy efficient home construction features and how they benefit homeowners.
Enhanced energy efficiency upgrades have been shown to reduce indoor air contaminants linked to chronic illnesses, control environmental contaminants (dust mites, mold/moisture) that can trigger respiratory symptoms, and improve symptoms of asthma and other respiratory health conditions
Studies found an improvement on some area of health including fewer colds, sinus infections, or headaches; and reduced blood pressure, hypertension (which is a precursor to heart disease), and other cardiovascular conditions.
Studies of ventilation found that indoor air quality improved after installation of improved ventilation. Reducing indoor contaminants and irritants results in improved respiratory health in the short term and reduces the risk of cancer from VOCs, formaldehyde, and radon in the long term
Observational study of impact of building interventions on older residents found residents reported better health, less emotional distress, and more hours sleeping in housing with [green renovations]. The study also found lower formaldehyde associated with less emotional distress
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"Enhanced energy efficiency upgrades have been shown to reduce indoor air contaminants linked to chronic illnesses, control environmental contaminants (dust mites, mold/moisture) that can trigger respiratory symptoms, and improve symptoms of asthma and other respiratory health conditions. "
- U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY “HOME RX: THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF HOME PERFORMANCE”
Radon is contained in every 1 out of 3 homes in Illinois and is the 2nd leading cause of lung cancer behind smoking.
Low or no VOC emission materials reduce the risk of sickness by off-gassing, a process of materials slowly releasing chemicals from the production process.
Traditional water heaters and furnaces can backdraft harmful combustion gases into the home, BrightLeaf uses high-performance, sealed combustion appliances that guarantee no dangerous gas leakage
Keeps heating/cooling inside, maintaining comfortable indoor temperatures and lower indoor relative humidity. Also reduces allergens.
No drafty spots and cleaner burning heating systems. Combustion by-products are properly vented outdoors, maintaining comfortable indoor temps; also reduces gases and particulates.
Increased air flow within dwelling; also reduces gases and particulates and reduces dampness, mold
Cleaner-burning cooking systems designed for combustion by-products to be properly vented to outdoors. Also reduces gases and particulates.
Ensures water will be effectively drained away from the home, reducing dampness, rot, and mold growth.
Additional Sources: Health outcomes from studies conducted and reported on from the Department of Energy report
Home Rx: The Health Benefits of Home Performance • Occupant Health Benefits of Residential Energy Efficiency Report • Indoor Air Plus