I saw the whole of humanity as a huge bonfire. As people were born they became a bright point of light, as they died that point faded out.
The mass of humanity, the good people who have a good, peaceful, normal life were the hot center of the fire, they are who made the fire bright and glowing.
But out on the edges were the flames that made beautiful patterns, and the sparks that danced, they were the beauty of the fire.
The principles for a healthy home are the same for all types of construction: rehabilitation, new construction, low rise, high-rise, single family or multifamily.
The design and construction options for rehabilitation are limited by conditions of the salvaged building and equipment and extent of the rehabilitation. Despite the limitations, the same principles apply to whatever work is done as part of the rehabilitation.
There are seven principles to a healthy home. Ideally, a healthy home is:
Toxic chemical free
Combustion by-product free
Not all principles can be controlled by design, construction, renovation and maintenance. How we live in a home also matters. And not all principles can be achieved perfectly or completely or practically — they are goals.
Applying the principles for a healthy home to design, construction, renovation and maintenance does not have to result in significant cost increases. By understanding the interactions between building systems we can identify cost saving trade-offs that improve building performance and improve control of interior conditions such as comfort — particularly temperature and interior humidity.