Is Your House Making You Sick?
Yes, it’s possible that that persistent sinus issue, cough, fatigue, or depression you’re experiencing is actually being caused by the house you live in!
At Pippin Home Designs, we help to educate and inspire our clients towards better product selection and building practices. The lack of awareness around these topics can ultimately lead to building related health issues, which for some people can manifest as acute, chronic, or even life-threatening illnesses.
It’s standard practice for builders to select building materials for new and renovated homes. Unfortunately, most builders are accustomed to using the toxic building products that have become pervasive in the industry. Practices to incorporate more sustainable materials has not yet become mainstream. This places the burden of responsibility on the homeowner to insist on healthier choices. It’s important that you be well informed about these products so you can assist the builder in making the right choices for YOU.
In this first blog of the Sick Home Series, we discuss the many ways your home could be making you sick and why you should focus on designing health right into your home.
What is a Sick Home?
In 1984 the World Health Organization (WHO) released a report suggesting that up to 30% of new and remodeled homes worldwide were the cause of illnesses related to poor indoor air quality. This coined the term Sick Building Syndrome (SBS).
Sick Building Syndrome:
A condition experienced by building occupants with acute
health effects that appear to be linked to time spent in
a building, but no specific illness or cause can be identified.
Indicators of SBS include:
Sick Building Syndrome is rather vague and finding causes to your building related health issues can be a bit of a mystery. The EPA has also designated the term Building Related Illness (BRI) to explain specific illnesses with known causes related to buildings.
Building Related Illness:
Symptoms of diagnosable illness are identified and can be
attributed directly to airborne building contaminants.
Indicators of BRI include:
Pippin Home Designs believes that there are many factors to consider when designing and building a home that can be healthy for the occupants. Careful planning and education of the entire building team is essential in achieving the goal of a healthy home.
NOTE: According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the average American spends about 90% of their time indoors.
That’s A LOT of time! Imagine if 90% of your life, you were breathing in toxins, mold, and pathogens, drinking unclean water, exposed to chemicals off gassing from nearly every fixture and piece of furniture in your home, and consistently bombarded by radiant energy emitted from the many high-tech gadgets commonly used in most homes today. Unfortunately, this is the typical standard of living even in the United States. There is an alarming number of hazardous substances used in the home construction industry and though many known negative health effects have been determined, the prevalent use of these substances remains astounding.
Possible Symptoms of a Sick Home
The symptoms listed here can mimic other illnesses such as the common cold, allergies, stress, or poor sleep so it can be hard to determine the cause of illness.
It’s important to pay attention to how you feel and take notice if your symptoms decrease when you spend time away from your home. If symptoms return once you return home or when you spend time in a particular area of your home, then you can suspect mitigation is required.
Keep in mind that some hazardous household materials may cause NO symptoms till you’ve already acquired a chronic or life-threatening illness.
Possible Chronic and/or Life-Threatening Conditions
Shocking, isn’t it?! These horrifying conditions are caused by average, everyday household materials that we can almost guarantee are in your home right now. The hazardous substances that cause these issues have been in existence and used in homes for decades. Awareness around these dangers is finally beginning to surface, however industry standards are slow to respond and most still turn a blind eye to harmful materials that could easily and affordably be replaced with healthy and sustainable options.
Possible Causes of a Sick Home
This is not an exhaustive list. This is only intended to give you an idea of the extent to which your home could be making you sick.
At Pippin Home Designs, we think it’s disappointing that these toxic chemicals, unhealthy practices, and poorly informed professionals are still maintaining the baseline of expectations within the home design and building industry.
We hold firm that you CAN have your cake and eat it too!!! You CAN have a stunningly gorgeous home, with the best views available, that is comfortable, functional, sustainable, AND healthy!
Why would you settle for anything less?
Pippin IMPACT HomesSM Are the Answer!
Our response to all this nonsense is the Pippin IMPACT Home! Pippin IMPACT Homes Intentionally Maximize Performance Adaptability and Comfort for Tomorrow. In planning for the longevity of your health, Pippin IMPACT Homes combine the sustainability benefits of Green design and the efficiency benefits of high-performance to help our clients create their homes with the highest health quality they desire.
The Pippin IMPACT Homes method seeks to educate all building team members on the use of readily available sustainable materials to create a gorgeous, comfortable, affordable, and durable home.
When utilized, Pippin IMPACT Homes are healthy, not only for the environment, they’re also healthy for YOU. After all, you ARE part of the environment!
If we reframe our relationship to Mother Earth and acknowledge that we are a part of the natural ecosystem, we can see that what’s good for her is good for us. Of course, these toxins that pollute the planet pollute our bodies. Of course, these practices that destroy nature destroys our wellbeing. Why would we build homes full of toxins and then choose to spend 90% of our lives inside them?
Designing health right into your home is not only a feasible option, it’s intelligent
planning that enhances the quality of your life and the value of your home.
Doing your homework and utilizing our expertise and guidance will assure that you know your options so you and your building team can choose building materials, finishes, and furnishings that support your health for the rest of your life!
You CAN have it all!
Join me on December 21st when I begin the deep dive into why so many toxic chemicals are used in the built environment, how the homeowner has been kept in the dark, and what measures you can take to regain control over the health of your home.
I intend you seek and find wellness at home and in life. You deserve it!
Inspired by you,
Jenny Pippin, CPBD, FAIBD, CGP
Pippin Home Designs
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I am Jenny Pippin, founder of Pippin Home Designs and creator of my own inspired living. I grew up as an ordinary southern girl, working in the fields of my family’s tobacco farm. It didn’t take me long to realize I had greater gifts and so I chose to step into my power and create my own path in life, inspired by my heart’s true passion. (More on my personal story HERE!)