To understand the concept of a healthy home, it is necessary to view every house from a holistic point of view. This means that solving indoor climate issues alone is not enough, we must also address other parameters. Below four different points are listed that each describe an aspect of the healthy home. These points are: healthy indoor climate, healthy lifestyle, healthy economy and social health.
HEALTHY INDOOR CLIMATE
The healthy indoor climate is comprised of two equally important parts. Firstly, the measurably healthy indoor climate, which concerns particles, VOC’s and humidity, that all have a negative impact on health. Secondly the perceivable indoor climate, which is created by the building envelope and its architecture. This part is about working with daylight, acoustics, draft, temperature, cold radiation and humidity in the buildings. All these parameters will be tied together into a healthy architecture.
The healthy home should be the foundation of a healthy and active life. The healthy home makes it easy to sustain a healthy lifestyle through easy access to open spaces that encourage physical movement and make contact with nature and light a priority within the home. Apart from this, the healthy home makes it easy to grow organic food, reuse water and sort waste.
For most of us, our homes are our biggest investment throughout our lifetimes. Throughout the lifespan of a home, many unforeseen costs may arise that can give rise to worry and stress. The healthy home should be seen as an investment to be realised over time. This means that the maintenance and continual functional use of the building is thought into the architecture.
The healthy home will create the framework for a social life within the house, but will also relate outwards to other houses in the area. This means that the home both creates good private spaces as well as working as an agent of social contact towards the surroundings.