This talk explores current and future healthy home trends with a focus on indoor air quality, whole house filtration and the importance of third party certification. IAQ is a key component in the healthy home and builders will benefit by a deeper understanding of how whole house filtration and other asthma and allergy friendly products can help them keep their business healthy.
Indoor Air Quality and Healthy Homes
As society forces shift, new buying behaviours emerge and consumers are becoming more educated about the place they call home. To align with this, builders also must shift the way homes and communities are designed and built. High Performance Homes, in particular, are in demand, but must be designed differently to perform at levels which meet or exceed homeowner demands. Indoor air quality is integral to this desired healthy home. The new concept is people
centred, rather than building centred. Too often, building materials and products are chosen from a unilateral point of view. This must be broadened so that materials are not just the right choice for the build, but the right choice for the health and well being of the home dweller.
Choosing the appropriate material or product can be confused by the practice of ‘green washing’ or simply by poor science. Third party certification avoids this pitfall by independently and rigorously testing and subsequently certifying only when strict specifications are met. ASL has developed the asthma & allergy friendly®™ mark to identify products that consumers can trust for their relative suitability for people with asthma and allergies.
The Energy and Environment Building Alliance (EEBA) is leading resource for information and education for sustainable building. For over 35 years, EEBA has provided the most trusted resources for building science information and education in the construction industry. EEBA delivers turn-key educational resources and events designed to transform residential construction practices through high performance design, marketing, materials, and technologies. Through
educational events, annual Summit and various publications and resources, EEBA reaches thousands of key decision makers and other important industry players each year.
Dr. John McKeon
Dr. John McKeon is currently the CEO of Allergy Standards Ltd, an international standards and Certification Body, a company he founded while working as an Emergency Room Doctor. John is a medical entrepreneur who qualified as a doctor from Trinity College Dublin in 1996, is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and also holds his United States Medical Licensing exams.
He is the Entrepreneur in Residence at the Centre for Practice and Healthcare Innovation in the Faculty of Health Sciences as well as a member of the Knowledge Transfer & Innovation Committee, in Trinity College Dublin. John is a member of the Institute of Directors and a frequent guest speaker on innovation in Dublin University Business School in healthcare entrepreneurship which sees him as a key note speaker on the subject and mentoring a number of early stage ventures.
Medical & Lifestyle Author Dr Anna O’Donovan
About Dr. Anna O’Donovan – Medical & Lifestyle Author
Anna is a mum of three children, one with allergies, and she suffers from allergies and asthma herself. She is a qualified doctor and worked as a General Practitioner and as a dentist for a number of years. She is also an award-winning author.
Indoor air quality, healthy homes, certification, EEBA, asthma, allergies, standards, building materials, third party certification, health and well being, whole house filtration
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