Healthy Homes

Georgia organization to step up healthy homes initiative

Mon, 08/29/2011 - 09:13

The North Central Georgia arm of Habitat for Humanity held a First Nail Ceremony for four families at the location of where the construction has begun on new homes for the individuals, according to the Johns Creek Patch.

Along with the sponsorship of Habitat for Humanity, the homes were designed to help families who suffered from asthma and allergies live in a more clean and safe environment, reported the news source.

"We are honored that Habitat International, Merck and AAFA–out of the 1,500 Habitat affiliates in the U.S.–selected Habitat-North Central Georgia to build one of the four allergy- and asthma-healthy homes that Merck and AAFA are sponsoring nationwide as part of a campaign to educate families on how to maintain a healthy home environment and manage these medical issues," Russ Hayes, chief executive for the North Central Georgia chapter, told the Patch.

The home that was selected for the Obele family, who have several children who have suffered from asthma and allergies, was outfitted with new paint, building materials and walls that minimize the amount of contamination, the news source reported.

Radiant heating systems can help families maintain a cleaner home, as the air is less contaminated due to the lack of heating ducts, vents and radiators that add allergens to the environment.