Did you know that a house can be considered healthy? A large part of the population lives in buildings that were built decades ago or that are not made with quality materials, have a poor layout and poor ventilation, among other things. At first glance, this may not seem alarming, since it does not necessarily mean anything, but the reality is that in the long run, living in this type of housing can cause health problems of various kinds.
This situation began to worry different companies in the architecture and construction sector. For this reason in 2017 they carried out a report on the state of health of homes in Europe. The WHO has also expressed itself in this regard stating that it is necessary to carry out some actions to put a solution to this sick building syndrome.
What do we mean when we talk about healthy housing?
Healthy homes are those homes that help maintain the health of their inhabitants. They are characterized by their high illumination, ventilation, insulating capacity and their materials.
Characteristics of healthy houses
Healthy houses meet certain safety and hygiene conditions in order to guarantee their residents to live in a safe and healthy space. We mention below the most frequent ones:
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- Safe structure
- Location away from undercurrents and other unstable grounds
- Located more than 50 meters away from power lines and antennae
- The structure of the house does not contain iron
- No cracks or holes
- Spaces free of contamination and smoke
- Good ventilation
- Proper plumbing
4 pillars of healthy homes
Although each home is very different, they all have 4 pillars in common
Residents of these types of homes must be protected from external agents such as noise, temperature changes and humidity.
Good hygiene and furnishings improve the comfort of the home.
They are prepared for external incidents such as fires or gas leaks.
They are very environmentally friendly and sustainable.
Is it important to build a healthy home?
When building a home from scratch, the top priority is to seek the maximum well-being of people, they must be designed to improve the health of the occupants. Living in this type of house will allow you to feel safe and not have to worry about external agents such as noise, humidity, etc.
How do you build healthy homes?
For your home to be healthy it must contain the following factors:
- Correct temperature and humidity
- Accessibility and adaptability
- Safety systems
- Ventilation and air quality
- Noise and lighting control
- Housing cleanliness