Whether you're planning to build or renovate your home, this guide will help you meet a greener standard and join other Edmontonians in our quest to become a carbon neutral city!
Healthy Indoor Spaces are Important for Edmontonians
Edmontonians spend a great deal of time indoors, particularly in winter, so it’s important to make our indoor spaces as healthy as possible. A healthy home is free of toxins, provides plenty of fresh air, and lets lots of daylight in. Healthier product and material choices can reduce the toxins that potentially accumulate in your indoor environment, cut down on odours, and provide a more pleasant living space that can enhance the value of your home.
What Makes a Home Healthy? Here’s What to Look for:
- When looking at a home on the resale market, be aware that depending on the age of the home, some potentially toxic compounds may have been used in its construction like lead paint, asbestos, and urea formaldehyde foam insulation. It can be difficult to identify the presence of these substances without hiring an expert. If it’s known by the seller, it must be disclosed at the time of sale.
- For new homes, look for low-VOC paints, adhesives, and flooring (Green Seal, Green Label, or equivalent labels). Also look for rapidly renewable or recycled materials like bamboo flooring or recycled glass tile. Ask if the wood (including bamboo) is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), which means it comes from sustainably managed forests.
- A healthier home uses low-VOC paints, glues, and flooring materials, with ecolabels such as Green Seal or Green Label for flooring. It’s important to note that VOCs are in many things, and the products brought into the home after you move in can also contribute to indoor air-quality issues.
- A well-sealed healthy home has an efficient ventilation system such as a heat recovery ventilator. To learn more, please refer to the heat recovery ventilator (HRV) details listed in the Ventilation Information section.
- Look for healthy amounts of natural lighting in all areas that are regularly occupied.
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A number of organizations offer product certification programs. When choosing products or materials, always look for eco-labels such as Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified lumber and Green Seal paints.