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Airtightness blamed for health risks in homes
Throughout the past year a slew of reports has been published that raise serious questions about the safety of new-build homes. Increasingly stringent building regulations aimed at reducing carbon emissions are resulting in new houses that are ever more airtight. While this helps reduce fuel consumption, the burden is on architects to ensure that occupants of new homes can breathe clean and fresh air. Recent evidence suggests that the construction industry, designers included, is failing to meet this challenge. Read more
Paul Harrison, an independent toxicologist and member of a working group on air quality created by the Royal College of Physicians, describes serious health risks associated with poor ventilation systems. ‘Sick building syndrome describes a variety of symptoms including headaches, allergies, reduced productivity, a sore throat and dry skin,’ he says. ‘In addition, poor air quality can provoke asthma.’ Architects Journal
Open eco-homes in Cambridge
An Open Eco Homes event will allow people to visit 15 homes in Cambridge to see how they can cut fuel, save energy and make their homes more comfortable. The event will boast a wide range of homes from Regency to new build. Open eco homes co-ordinator Allan Shepherd said: “This year, we’ve got Cambridge’s first co-housing project – a 42 home development known as K1; a new build kit home-made of super-insulated factory-made panel walls; a St John’s college student house renovation and a house with a hempcrete DIY wall insulation workshop. Read more
Shepherd continued: “Meeting the actual householders should be a great experience for visitors. Every one of them has unique knowledge to pass on because every house is different and everyone has carefully chosen the home improvements right for them and their home.” Practical information, inspiration and advice will be shared at the event, organised by Cambridge Carbon Footprint. The open homes will be held on September 18 and 24.Book a tour by going to openecohomes.org.uk.