Health in buildings
The health of users in buildings, whether at home, in the workplace or in any facility, should be an essential requirement since it implies a constant and direct impact on our well-being. Over the years it may be a factor in the prevention of certain diseases.
In recent decades, we have accepted the use of certain materials and synthetic products as something which we inevitably need to coexist with. However, choosing the right materials during the design phase or replacing certain harmful products in existing homes can mean the difference between living in a healthy environment or a hostile environment that is slowly and gradually damaging our health.
The best known pathology in buildings affecting our health and which has generated a greater social alarm due to the swiftness of its obvious effects is the so-called Sick Building Syndrome (low relative humidity for a certain temperature, in an overly synthetic and technological environment). However, it is not the only potential disease and not all the effects are as immediate, some effects only show after years due to the micro accumulation of harmful elements (small amounts, but constantly and regularly).
At present there are still very few houses or buildings that possess right criteria to guarantee a healthy environment, something that we always include in the services to our clients.
The project should regulate mainly the following aspects:
– Indoor air quality. Correct interior ventilation without altering the efficiency of the air conditioning and user comfort: analysis of the humidity, temperature, composition and electro pollution. Avoid dirt (VOCs, allergens, dust, etc.) in the ventilation and air conditioning elements.
– Use of non-toxic materials. Many building materials (paint, furniture, etc.) emit toxic chemical particles in small amounts.
– Protection against artificial and natural radiation. There are harmful radiations produced by artificial elements (wireless networks, electrostatics, electromagnetic fields, etc.) and also by natural elements (underground water lines, geological lines: Hartman and Curry, radon gas, radiation of certain natural materials, etc.). These should be analyzed and avoided or corrected.
– Efficient use of energy resources. Lower energy consumption will lead to a drastic reduction of many of the harmful elements described above.
“The future belongs to those who understand that doing more with less is compassionate, prosperous, lasting, smarter and more competitive.”
(Paul Hawken, American environmentalist and entrepreneur).