Virginia's First Healthy Home

By: Jummy Olabanji Email
By: Jummy Olabanji Email

December 9, 2006

According to the Environmental Protection Agency people typically breathe in two tablespoons of contaminates every because of poor indoor air quality.

People in Charlottesville are aiming to change that.

They are building one of the American Lung Association's ‘Healthy Houses’

“They have a set of guidelines for building a house that would have superior indoor air quality,” said Dale Abrahamse, the home builder.

But pretty soon the city of Charlottesville will be lucky enough to harbor not one, but five of these special needs homes.

“There are currently a little over 1,000 houses throughout the United States that are Health Houses. But this is the very first in Virginia so we're very happy to have it here, right in Charlottesville,” said Terry Hargrove of the American Lung Association of Virginia.

The home builder told us that the project has been almost two years in the making.

He said two years ago he took a seminar sponsored by the ALA and it really opened his eyes to make healthy living environments for his clients.

“Asthmatic rates are going through the roof. People have allergies that they suffer from and it seemed that is was something that is just the right thing to do help some of these people,” said Abrahamse.

Not only are the houses custom-designed, but they are state of the art energy efficient homes that were specifically built for better indoor air quality.

“So they're energy efficient. and of course we've used materials and a mechanical system to really address indoor air quality,” said Andrew Thomas, the home architect.

The construction of these homes should be done sometime in March.

The healthy homes run for about $500,000.

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