Healthy Homes

Ohio home showcases best of green, healthy home practices

Mon, 07/23/2012 - 17:15

Though the total construction time for the new home of Jefferson Township, Ohio, residents Rosemarie Rossetti and Mark Leder took more than 30 months, the two are happy with the green and healthy house that was the final result.
According to This Week Community News, their new residence will also be known as the Universal Design Living Laboratory, and will serve as a national model for removing inefficient and dirty products and replacing them with healthier and green technologies.
Since Rossetti is a professor at the Ohio State University and Leder works as a general contractor, the two decided that their combined expertise would be enough to create a residence that could serve as a model to others.
"That's the main message - the design of the house - making the home energy efficient and a healthy environment," Rossetti told the news outlet. "Sustainability is the one word that sums it up. The house is sustainable for multiple generations. It's designed to be socially sustainable."
The combination of green and healthy technologies has given the couple a chance to minimize costs and consumption while also making the inside of their home - where people spend an average of 90 percent of their time - more comfortable and safe.
By using modern products instead of older technologies, this dual benefit was easy for the couple to incorporate into the design.
Older heating systems often represent one of the most inefficient and dangerous products in a home, as the radiators, heating ducts and air vents that are required for operation often produce a significant amount of dust and allergens.
Radiant heating systems eliminate these contaminants while also helping to cut energy costs and consumption.