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“A growing body of evidence has indicated that the air within homes and other
buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air in even the
largest and most industrialized cities.” – United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
All sorts of pollutants are present in almost
every home, and, along with excess humidity, can create air quality issues,
which result in serious health problems. Today, Americans spend around ninety
percent of their time indoors. Indoor air can to be up to twelve times more
polluted than outdoor air. Different pollutants exist in different levels in
different homes. Examples include carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide, radon gas,
and particulates such as mold and tobacco smoke. Other common indoor pollutant
types include volatile organic compounds (VOC’s), heating and cooking, aerosol
fluorocarbons, viral and bacterial organisms, pet dander, dust, and human
And just recently, due to high
energy costs and better building materials, homeowners and builders are able to
stop the small air leaks around doors, windows, plumbing and even light switch
plates. Unfortunately, this reduction of outside air entering the structure can
lead to problems with indoor air quality. In tight homes, human activities such
as taking showers and baths, drying clothes, washing dishes, and cooking raises
the relative humidity to unacceptable levels. When this warm, moist air comes in
contact with cool surfaces, moisture condenses on the surface. This condensation
can happen on windows, doors, floors and even inside walls.
These constantly wet conditions cause structural damage and associated
problems with rot, mildew, scale, and mold on the inside of a home.
Outdoor air is the purifier we all depend upon.
It is vital to our health. Sickness, doctor visits, medications, and hospital
stays are greatly reduced by breathing fresh, clean air in our homes. The value
of being healthy …simply cannot be underestimated.
Eco safeguards start from siting
to design, construction, operation, and maintenance. This requires close
cooperation of the design team, architects, and engineers at all stages. This
practice expands and complements the traditional building design concerns of
economy, utility, durability, and comfort. Sustainability is the capacity for a
high-performance home to endure. A high performance home that endures takes
advantage of energy efficiency, and environmentally friendly building products
…products that substantially reduce maintenance costs year after year.
Another important Eco safeguard is the
reduction or elimination of a home’s monthly utilities. However, this is much
easier done when building a new E3D Home. The structural, civil, electrical,
solar, and mechanical engineering designs are state-of-the-art …and have been
well studied. E3D’s designs far surpass existing building standards and energy
codes. An E3D Home is constructed for maximum sustainability, and to be
comfortably occupied for over one hundred years. As you will see, an E3D Home is
considered one of the best, if not the best, home values in America.