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health benefits of energy efficient homes

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.

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Reduced Symptoms of Respiratory Conditions

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


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Reduced Symptoms of Cardiovascular Disease

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.


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Reduced Risk of Cancer

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


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Reduced Depression, Stress, and Infectious Disease

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

Learn more about how to make your home healthier and get additional information on maintaining and improving you and your home's health. Visit Making Homes Healther For Families at Hud.gov

"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”

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Radon Mitigation System

Radon is contained in every 1 out of 3 homes in Illinois and is the 2nd leading cause of lung cancer behind smoking.

Low Emission Materials

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.

Sealed Combustion Appliances

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

Insulation and Air Sealing

Keeps heating/cooling inside, maintaining comfortable indoor temperatures and lower indoor relative humidity. Also reduces allergens.

Improved Heating

No drafty spots and cleaner burning heating systems. Combustion by-products are properly vented outdoors, maintaining comfortable indoor temps; also reduces gases and particulates.

Improved Ventilation

Increased air flow within dwelling; also reduces gases and particulates and reduces dampness, mold

Improved Cooking Systems

Cleaner-burning cooking systems designed for combustion by-products to be properly vented to outdoors. Also reduces gases and particulates.

Water Protection Systems

Ensures water will be effectively drained away from the home, reducing dampness, rot, and mold growth.

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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 

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