Criteria for a Healthy House

1. The occupant health aspect includes the reduction of indoor pollutants, the use of high performance ventilation systems, improved water quality and overall control of light, noise and radiation.

2. The criteria for energy efficiency requires the control of heat loss in winter and gain in summer. Most important is the reduction of peak demand, electrical consumption as well as optimum usage of renewable energy sources.

3. The third criteria deals with resource efficiency in terms of building materials, water consumption and construction waste management.

4. Environmental responsibility refers to the reduction of combustion/emissions, hazardous pollutants, waste water and sewage. This category also includes efficient site planning and the integration of sustainable planning practices.

5. The final criteria is affordability relating to the following: viability for the construction industry, marketability and adaptability.

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