Energy Efficiency vs Healthy Homes

The issues surrounding indoor air pollution escalated dramatically with “ecofriendly”, energy efficient, tight houses/buildings.  Consider these issues:

One in three people have allergies severe enough to seek medial treatments

Molds produce allergens, irritants and sometimes become toxic

The US Surgeon General considers “Asthma an epidemic” with over 9.5 million children affected – 13% of the population under 18

In Maine the child Asthma rate is 20% higher then the national average

Radon is one of the leading lung cancer risk factors

Formaldehyde and other Volatile Organic Compounds (Chemicals) used in construction often result in or aggravate chemical sensitivities

In recent California study of new , energy efficient homes, 98% had toxic levels of Formaldehyde

A balance between energy efficiency and healthy homes must be reached to ensure a healthy air quality is maintained without mechanical devices in our living environments.