22.10.2018 - Asthma and Homes

What is the health impact of our buildings? 

We spend over 90% of our time indoors what is an artificially build environment and no our natural habitat. It is known that the indoor air is 2-5 times more polluted. The question is, what impact does this have on our health?

A study has shown that damp housing is associated with 7.9% of the total asthma burden in Australian children aged 14 years or under. Multiple Australian studies raise the concern that the impact of our indoor living on our health is not sufficiently studied and could be far bigger as argued. Are these reports concerning and do we have to improve our quality of building?

Studies show that Australia has one of the highest asthma rates in the world. We know that Europe and the USA have done more sophisticated studies regarding asthma and their findings are more dramatic than the ones in Australia. Europeans living in damp or mouldy homes are reported to be 40% more likely to have asthma. 21% of the asthma cases reported in the USA are attributable to dampness and mould. This is for me a clear indication that our buildings have a big impact on our health and that we need to improve our building quality.

A good overview of the issues and potential is given in the paper “Healthy and comfortable homes for all Australians.

03.09.2018 - Effects on Public Health – Air pollution a preventable risk

PM2.5 : atmospheric particulate matter (PM) that have a diameter of less than 2.5 micrometres

On my last presentation, I was asked where I get my figures from and that they need sources for making the argument by them self.  One of my favourite sources is GRID -Arendal.

GRID-Arendal was established in 1989 to support environmentally sustainable development by working with UN Environment and other partners. They communicate environmental knowledge that strengthens management capacity and motivates decision-makers to act. GRID transform environmental data into credible, science-based information products, delivered through innovative communication tools and capacity building services.

28.08.2018 - Zero Emission Neighbourhood

Eco Village concept for Pristina, Kosovo

Optimised sustainability for the community through zero emissions buildings, passive house design strategies, solar system contribution and energy efficient appliances.

This Kosovo based architectural practice looked at the cohesive whole of designing a high performing, low-energy demanding living space for everyday people like you and me. The design study is based on local but contemporary living habits. However, the concept is adaptable to anywhere in the world.

The project argues that buildings no longer only need to demand energy, they can instead be energy-generating structures. This is a fundamentally different approach to how most of us think. Wouldn’t it be good not to get an energy bill anymore?

The local government supports the concept because it sees a market to attract tourists, companies and families. This could also be a chance for WA! Perth has got a mild climate and supports great lifestyle but somewhat struggles to keep the momentum of the mining boom alive. Wouldn’t it be excellent also to have efficient and sustainable houses that enhance our quality of life even further? This could be a concept for the WA government to attract people with providing the best lifestyle and to challenge the construction industry to build better homes. War-torn Pristina is on the way to do it, Perth can do it too!

We at Smart Plus Homes are giving our contribution: Spreading the word through Education, enhancing life quality through Design, assisting clients and professionals through Consultancy and providing the industry with Products for these better homes.