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Whether you’re building, renovating or just living in your home, it’s important that it’s as comfortable and efficient as it can be. However what is generally not considered is the importance of a home that is also healthy. Creating and maintaining a non-toxic indoor air environment is important and assists with reducing health issues in families, and there is much research supporting this. For example…

Smart Living front COVERThe US Environmental Protection Agency has “ranked indoor air pollution as one of the top five environmental threats to public health and one of the largest remaining health risks …”

The State of the Environment Report of Tasmania states that “Research has shown that 30% of the population can be expected to experience susceptibility to disease, worsening of existing disease or sensitisation with or without other diseases because of indoor exposures.“

Reports on indoor residential chemical emissions as risk factors for respiratory and allergic effects in children, states that “Most research into effects of residential exposures on respiratory health has focused on allergens, moisture/mold, endotoxin, or combustion products. A growing body of research from outside the US; however, has associated chemical emissions from common indoor materials with risk of asthma, allergies, and pulmonary infections.”

Have you considered the chemicals that may be in your home in relation to structure, finishes and furniture? Do you know what is, and isn’t a risk and what could affect your health?

Most families want a comfortable, beautiful, affordable home that does not compromise their health which is why Melissa Wittig, health focused interior designer of Healthy Interiors and Danielle King, sustainability consultant of Green Moves Australia have collaborated to write The Smart Living Handbook.

This unique book explores the relationship between our health and sustainability in the home. It offers industry insights and resources on how you can create your own healthy sustainable home, explores strategies and provides checklists that can be used to review and minimise exposure to indoor pollutants. Many of the pollutants in our homes have been associated with a range of health concerns including asthma, allergies, reproductive health, childhood development and cancers, so it’s important to know.

For those who want to cut through the mine field of information and are looking to make informed decisions when building, renovating or simply navigating daily lifestyle decisions, this book is an essential guide to creating healthy, sustainable homes. A smart way to live.

The Smart Living Handbook is hot off the press and launched exclusively at the Build & Renovating Expo held at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre from 4-6th July. The authors will be onsite over the weekend and are offering a book signing session at the Green Moves stand on Saturday 5th July, from 12:45 to 1:30pm.

References:

USA Environmental Protection Agency
http://www.epa.gov/iaq/

State of the Environment – Tasmania
http://soer.justice.tas.gov.au/2003/atm/1/issue/1/index.php#Implications

Indoor residential chemical emissions as risk factors for respiratory and allergic effects in children: a review
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1600-0668.2007.00478.x/abstract

Melissa Wittig and Danielle King have both been featured in Australia’s leading Green Magazines and been recognised by various awards, the collaboration provides a unique book packed with industry insights and resources on how to create a Healthy Sustainable Home. The Foreword is written by respected Professor Peter Sly reiterating the research associated with the home environment and health, particularly for children.

Email: melissa@healthyinteriors.com.au
Website: www.healthyinteriors.com.au
Contact : Melissa on 0417 122399
Email: dking@greenmoves.com.au
Website: www.greenmoves.com.au
Contact : Danielle King on 0404 453447