Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) has always been a top priority for Green Hybrid Habitats, but the health of our customers and their families is even more important to us now after a year of pandemic-induced shutdowns.
Most of us expect that our employer’s building will be kept to high standards through government-mandated air quality codes, standards, and regulations, but far fewer of us have applied similar expectations to our own houses. Now that we have experienced extended stays at home and have a newfound appreciation for the fact that a pandemic CAN happen here, many of us are motivated to create healthier interiors for our homes.
GHH homes are made to withstand wind speeds of up to 200mph and prevent damage that flooding and water invasion would cause to a traditionally built house. They are disaster-mitigation structures that exceeds FEMA standards for fortification, but there are slower-moving disasters that can – and do – affect us inside the home when VOCs, improper humidification, and poor air-flow combine to cause respiratory irritations, exacerbate asthmatic tendencies, and a whole lot worse.
We want every homebuyer in the USA to have access to an affordable home that does not endanger the health of the family within, so GHH is offering cradle-to-cradle, sustainable homes that offers protection against natural disasters on the outside and health disasters on the inside.
The GHH home is the healthier alternative to traditional housing. We have spent years researching best practices and products that are affordable, near-zero energy, and follow the standards of the Environmental Protection Agency’s airPLUS Program.
Key interior system elements of the Green, Sustainable, Fortified, Smart, and Healthy GHH home include:
- Exhaust-only ventilation: Fresh air is provided by a prefab-balanced system where an exhaust fan in the laundry room runs continuously at low speed to remove stale air and a fresh-air supply fan in the basement mechanical room provides makeup air into the HVAC return simultaneously. That fan includes a MERV 8 air filter and sensors that regulate the fan within preset temperature and humidity parameters.
- Advanced filtration: Air introduced to the return plenum will be further purified by an electronic air cleaner which is then delivered to the home’s air handling unit programmed to run continuously at lower speed. The electrostatic MERV 13 filter in this system is designed to remove 99% of airborne allergens.
- Humidification: According to Aprilaire, a manufacturer of IAQ-related products, “Humans are healthiest at a relative humidity of between 35-45%.” Proper indoor humidity is crucial for good health. For the climates of North and South Carolina, the GHH home will include Aprilaire whole-house humidifiers to maintain indoor relative humidity at healthy levels using the forced air distribution system.
- Active radon mitigation: Beneath a GHH home’s basement slab is a sealed vapor barrier over a horizontal, perforated pipe that is buried in 4” of gravel. The horizontal pipe connects to a vertical pipe that extends through the roof, while a continuously running in-line exhaust fan in the attic actively mitigates any radon gas.
Monitoring and control: Our cutting-edge, eco-intelligent, IAQ systems use sensors throughout the house to monitor and regulate any volatile organic compounds (VOCs), particulates, or excess build-up of carbon dioxide, as well as the humidity, temperature, and air-flow levels.
Whether it’s post-disaster rehousing, improving the quality of low-income housing, or building $15million dream homes, Green Hybrid Habitats is dedicated to the health and well-being of every customer. As our founder and CEO, Colie Dooley, says,
“The COVID-19 pandemic has opened people’s eyes to the need for a healthier home environment. Just as our homes will still be standing when a disaster is over, the GHH product will continue to be the safest and healthiest home on the market long after this pandemic has passed.”