Today I am hosting in the blog a very interesting article by the architect Linda Cobattled, which tells how to design a healthy home.
I recently attended the conference “a new goal for efficient home: health”. The interventions were trying to answer a very simple question: is it possible to improve the health of people by building better buildings? The answer is YES! But how?
Why do buildings affect health?
The interiors are important because today we spend about 70% of our day in closed environment: at home or in the office. The quality of the air and the choice of building materials become important project themes.
When I am called to design the renovation of the buildings I realized that most people do not have the slightest perception of the problem. Pollution is perceived as a problem that affects only those who live near factories or busy roads, and that it is a problem only for the environment and not for their own health and home.
But speaking of pollution, how much do we really know?
Pollution and health
Pollution is underestimated and poorly studied. There is no difference between indoor and outdoor pollution, because the ultrafine powders can arrive directly inside the houses and in the lungs of the people.
Many argue that pollution is not a problem so important because, in fact, the average life of our times has stretched considerably compared to a few years ago. So why all this alarmism?
The average life has increased because infant mortality has been eliminated and the survival of the elderly has been lengthened. But the average life in health is shortening. Twenty years ago cancer was a rare disease that affected subjects at risk (smokers, workers, etc.), while today it affects everyone.
In the future it will be increasingly important to protect the health of people, especially children in the fetal phase, the one in which the organs are “programmed”, through a healthy home.
How to design a healthy home?
The healthiness of the buildings depends on:
1. Temperature adjustment,
2. Relative humidity control,
3. Replacement of indoor air,
4. Choice of materials.
In my experience as an architect I can see that most of the buildings to be restored have incorrect temperature and humidity levels.
In the picture you see an apartment built in 2000 with serious problems of mildew, because the materials with which it was built wall were not breathable.
I remedied the situation with an inner coat with natural materials and lime.
In recent years I have deepened the use of natural materials in the design of buildings. Use straw, hemp, clay and natural lime for insulation and finishes. These are materials of vegetable origin that do not emit pollutants and are breathable.
The healthiness of the inhabited places is a need to be created.
The new buildings, as well as the existing ones, can be designed to protect the health of the inhabitants.
After this article on interior design, contact me to know how to design the healthiness of your home and office.
Look at other buildings designed for the health of the inhabitants, with the use of natural materials:
Renovation of a terraced house with wood fibre and clay.
Redevelopment of a home with hemp.