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How a building influences our health?


Let’s take into consideration some factors that are making healthier homes. It is all about the indoor climate.

How can I improve indoor air quality:

  1. Meet thresholds for Particulate Matter
  2. Smoke-Free Environment
  3. Ventilation system design
  4. Provide operable windows
  5. Pollution infiltration management
  6. Air filtration
  7. Implement ultraviolet treatment for HVAC Surfaces

Healthy drinking water:

The following requirements are met:

  1. The project provides at least one drinking water dispenser, plus one drinking water dispenser per dwelling unit.

  2. All drinking water dispensers provide water that meets the following parameters:1

    1. Arsenic ≤ 0.01 mg/L.
    2. Cadmium ≤ 0.003 mg/L.
    3. Chromium (total) ≤ 0.05 mg/L.
    4. Copper ≤ 2 mg/L.
    5. Fluoride ≤ 1.5 mg/L.
    6. Lead ≤ 0.01 mg/L.
    7. Mercury (total) ≤ 0.006 mg/L.
    8. Nickel ≤ 0.07 mg/L.
    9. Nitrate ≤ 50 mg/L as Nitrate (11 mg/L as Nitrogen).
    10. Nitrite ≤ 3 mg/L as Nitrite (0.9 mg/L as Nitrogen).
    11. Total chlorine ≤ 5 mg/L.

All drinking water dispensers provide water that meets the following parameters:

  1. Residual (free) chlorine does not exceed 4 mg/L.
  2. The concentration of total trihalomethanes (TTHM, sum of dibromochloromethane, bromodichloromethane, chloroform and bromoform) is 0.08 mg/L or less.
  3. The concentration of haloacetic acids (HAA5, sum of chloroacetic, dichloroacetic, trichloroacetic, bromoacetic and dibromoacetic acids) is 0.06 mg/L or less.

Nourishment as part of daily life:

  1. Provide Fruits and Vegetables
  2. Nutritional information is important
  3. Limit total sugars
  4. Promote healthy portions
  5. Nutritional education
  6. Mindfulness when eating
  7. Food preparation
  8. Responsible Food Sourcing
  9. Limit red and processed meats

We get inspired by using in our projects.

Light yourself like Luz Arquitectos:

  1. Provide indoor light
  2. Visual Lighting Design
  3. Circadian lighting design
  4. Daylight design strategies
  5. Electric light Quality

One, two, three, move!

  1. Active Buildings and Communities
  2. Ergonomic workstation design
  3. Circulation Network
  4. Facilities for active occupants
  5. Physical activity promotion

Thermal comfort:

  1. Provide an acceptable thermal environment
  2. Survey for thermal comfort
  3. Provide thermostat control
  4. Personal cooling options
  5. Implement radiant heating
  6. Manage relative humidity

Health is not a goal, it is a habit.

I need silence, please:

  1. Label acoustic zones
  2. Limit background noise levels
  3. Design for sound isolation at walls and doors
  4. Achieve reverberation time thresholds
  5. Implement sound-reducing surfaces

The Materials we have around:

  1. Restrict asbestos
  2. Interior hazardous material management
  3. Manage exterior CCA Hazards
  4. Select compliant interior furnishings
  5. Limit VOCs from wet-applied products
  6. Select products with disclosed ingredients
  7. Select materials with enhanced chemical restrictions.
  8. Implement a waste management
  9. Pest management and pesticide use
  10. Cleaning products and protocols


  1. Promote mental health and well-being
  2. Provide connection to nature
  3. Offer mental health screening
  4. Mental health education
  5. Support healthy working hours
  6. Provide restorative space
  7. Provide nature access indoors
  8. Tobacco cessation


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