Q is for Indoor Air Quality

“The bottom line is this: Going forward, energy conservation and Indoor Air Quality must be considered together and have equal priority in the design, construction, furnishing, and operation of a home or building. One without the other can lead to significant occupant health or comfort issues or increased energy costs and carbon footprints. By 2020, we will need to recognize this and better respond to both human and planetary health." p. 20

Marilyn Black “We must balance energy and health.” Eco Home (2013).

“Consensus is gradually building in the medical community and among academics, as well as in the general population, that many chemicals are not as harmless as we might have believed and that their combined effects are unpredictable.”

Sears, Margaret E. The Medical Perspective of Environmental Sensitivities, 2007. p. 48

One ingredient (a plasticizer) in one material (PVC) used in a variety of home building products is potentially toxic to humans and the environment. The complexity of this chart is intended to give some idea of how great is the difficulty of rendering our building materials and therefore our buildings, non-toxic.