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Achieving Clean Indoor Air

Reprinted from PN January 2012

The air quality in our homes can be a cause for concern. Respiratory disabilities in the U.S. have the highest rate among children under 18 and the fourth highest among adults. Senior citizens and people with physical disabilities may also have weakened immune systems and could be more vulnerable to mold. For this reason, moisture and humidity levels must be controlled.

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The original concept of the plans in the "smart home" is the idea of combining Universal Design and environmentally friendly building features. This addresses the entire home environment and its building systems.

Now included as a Universal Design feature, clean indoor air is the common denominator that connects traditional Universal Design and what is known as "green housing." Green building is also called sustainable building.

Sustainability basically means building and designing with materials and methods that do not use up natural resources, causing a burden on future generations.

Universal Design in housing is clearly sustainable as far as the actual space planning goes as it will put less of a burden on family caregivers, and people are able to stay in their homes longer and more independently since the residences are created for general acessibility.

 

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