FGBC Green Home Retrofit Guidelines Available
Homeowners wanting a do-it-yourself guide for greening their homes will find a new resource available from the Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC). The FGBC Florida Green Home Retrofit Guidelines were developed to assist homeowners and remodelers in making home improvement decisions to improve the efficiency, health and environmental friendliness of their homes. The guide is comprised of a “Reference Guide” and a “Checklist” that includes assessments in five categories, including energy, water, health, materials, and durability. Also included is an option for homeowners to receive third-party verification that efficiency improvements have been incorporated into their homes, which can be a valuable selling tool. See the “Downloads” section on this page to access the FGBC Green Home Retrofit Guidelines.
Seven Principles of Healthy Homes
The following principles of a green home were developed by the National Center for Healthy Housing. The FGBC Green Home Certification Standard addresses each of these principles to create healthy, safe and affordable homes. When building a new home or making major renovations, insist that your builder certify your home under the FGBC Green Home Standard.
Damp houses provide a nurturing environment for mites, roaches, rodents, and molds, all of which are associated with asthma.
Chemical exposures include lead, radon, pesticides, volatile organic compounds, and environmental tobacco smoke. Exposures to asbestos particles, radon gas, carbon monoxide, and second-hand tobacco smoke are far higher indoors than outside.
Studies show that increasing the fresh air supply in a home improves respiratory health.
The majority of injuries among children occur in the home. Falls are the most frequent cause of residential injuries to children, followed by injuries from objects in the home, burns, and poisonings.
Clean homes help reduce pest infestations and exposure to contaminants.
Recent studies show a causal relationship between exposure to mice and cockroaches and asthma episodes in children; yet inappropriate treatment for pest infestations can exacerbate health problems, since pesticide residues in homes pose risks for neurological damage and cancer.
Poorly-maintained homes are at risk for moisture and pest problems. Deteriorated lead-based paint in older housing is the primary cause of lead poisoning, which affects some 240,000 U.S. children.