Healthy Homes

Seattle neighborhood looks to increase number of healthy homes

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 10:41

The growing number of healthy homes that exist in one area of Seattle, Washington, has prompted residents of one neighborhood to look to model their residences after the houses on the other side of the city.

Publicola reported that landlords, tenants, community stakeholders and the city of Seattle agree that substandard housing is a critical problem for residents, as healthy and safety are significantly impacted by this issue.

According to the news source, the decline of the state of the local housing market has had an impact on the health of residents, as many landlords and property owners have neglected their tenants due to a lack of funding and resources.

Publicola reported that a broad coalition of citizens have approached the local government about raising the housing standards, due to the negative impact that an unhealthy residence can have on families.

The news source cited a national study that found the total annual cost for environmentally attributable childhood diseases relating to substandard housing to be $54.9 billion. Another national study found that 7,000,000 injuries and 28,400 deaths were caused by properties with structural defects. Senior citizens are especially at risk, since many spend more than 90 percent of their time at home.

Healthy homes often come about through a transition away from conventional technology, such as older heating systems and insulation.

New products like a Warmboard radiant heating system eliminate the use of radiators, heating ducts and air vents, all of which create and distribute contaminants and toxins into the air of a home.

Along with helping to eliminate health hazards from a home, the use of a Warmboard radiant heating system allows for a much lower electricity bill and an increased level of comfort.