Much can be said about proper ventilation, for if we don’t have enough fresh air entering the home, then pollutants can accumulate to levels which can pose immediate health problems and affect our comfort.
We usually think of air pollution as being outdoors, but the air in your house or office could also be polluted. Sources of indoor pollution include:
Mold and pollen
Household products and pesticides
Gases such as radon and carbon monoxide
Materials used in the building such as asbestos, formaldehyde and lead.
Usually indoor air quality problems only cause discomfort. Most people feel better as soon as they remove the source of the pollution.
Next: How Do we improve the air quality in our Homes?
Indoor air pollution is 4 – 5 times worse than outdoor air and sometimes even greater.
We spend 90% of our time indoors.
15% of homeowners may be allergic to elements in their own homes.
Prevalence of asthma has double since 1976.
Indoor air pollution has been described by EPA and Congress as America’s number one environmental health problem. Air pollutants can and do cause allergies, sick building syndrome, bacterial infections and spread viruses to name a few. The American College of Allergists state that 50% of all illnesses are caused by polluted indoor air. NEXT: How does our air inside the house get polluted?
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development – HUD announced Wednesday that it is awarding $10 million in grants to four non-profit organizations that will create homes for hundreds of families.
These grants are known as “Sweat Equity” grants, which combine efforts and labor from volunteers and homebuyers themselves. The non-profit organizations recipients of these grants are: Community Frameworks ($540,000), Habitat for Humanity International ($6.21 million), Housing Assistance Council ($1.56 million), and Tierra del Sol (Western States Housing Consortium, $1.68 million).
Homebuyers are required to contribute a minimum number of “Sweat Equity” hours toward the building and development of their own homes as participation for this self-help homeownership programs, according to HUD. The minimum sweat equity requirement is 100 hours for a household consisting of two or more persons and 50 hours for a household consisting of one person.
Community volunteers labor participation is also required. Sweat equity and volunteer labor includes any number of activities related to the construction of a home such as painting, carpentry, foundation work, drywall, trim work, roofing, or siding, among others.