The connection between health problems, such as asthma and other chronic disease, and the housing environment has been known for decades. In 2017, GreenShield became one of the first Missouri inspection companies to become certified to conduct Healthy Homes Assessments in response to programs and initiatives by the CDC and HUD.
GreenShield’s Healthy Home Assessments are based on the nine principles of healthy housing as laid out by the National Center for Healthy Housing. Our experience and knowledge in the field of building science has made us the authority on the relationship between building deficiencies and issues such as asthma and allergies, mold and moisture, carbon monoxide, and home safety.
Nine Principles of Healthy Housing:
The majority of us spend most of our lives indoors. Sometimes we get used to odors, but some airborne pollutants are odorless and can make us sick. Good IAQ is the foundation of a healthy home.
Approximately 25 million Americans have asthma, including about 5 million children under the age of 18. Some 50 million Americans have allergies. GreenShield tests for excessive levels of particulate matter, formaldehyde, and humidity. We calculate ASHRAE ventilation needs and inspect for rodent and cockroach infestations.
Poor thermal conditioning and extreme temperature swings can cause a multitude of health problems. GreenShield tests your home to locate air leaks in the building envelope and ducts that make it difficult to maintain a consistent temperature. We also calculate insulation levels to determine adequacy.
Carbon monoxide (CO) can be a major threat to you and your family’s health. It is a dangerous gas that can cause headaches, nausea, confusion, and even death. GreenShield tests CO levels and spillage from natural drafting appliances such as water heaters and older furnaces.
The International Association of Certified Indoor Air Consultants (IAC2) is the certifying body for residential and commercial indoor air consultants in North America. Their mission is to certify indoor air quality specialists who demonstrate proficiency in reducing indoor air pollution by improving overall indoor air quality, and providing the general public and real estate professionals with a reliable means of finding certified consultants who can address problems related to indoor air pollution.
The chances of getting hurt at home are much higher than at work or school. Very young children and older adults are the most likely to get hurt. Home safety includes reducing the opportunity for falls, poisonings, burns, and other injuries in your home.
Young children can get into everyday things that can poison them and get into places in your home that can injure them. Older adults are more likely to be victims of falls, and the resulting injuries can affect their ability to lead an active life.