Indoor Air Quality  (IAQ)

Indoor pollution sources that release gases or particles into the air are the primary cause of indoor air quality problems in homes. Inadequate ventilation can increase indoor pollutant levels by not bringing in enough outdoor air to dilutephoenix-indoor-air-quality emissions from indoor sources and by not carrying indoor air pollutants out of the home. High temperature and humidity levels can also increase concentrations of some pollutants like mold, mildew, rot and fungus.

Americans spend up to 90 percent of their time indoors. Indoor allergens and irritants play a significant role in triggering asthma attacks. Triggers are things that can cause asthma symptoms, an episode or attack or make asthma worse. If you have asthma, you may react to just one trigger or you may find that several things act as triggers.

We are designing a multi layer strategy in order to obtain an indoor air quality that exceeds the EPA standards and reduce as many triggers as possible.  Beginning with a our “passive moisture” design where design  defends the home against moisture, the number one contributor to indoor air toxins here in Florida.  Utilizing non-moisture absorbing materials in the envelope (walls and roof) and in the interior space of the home is the core to our passive design.  Light gauge steel framing through out the exterior and interior walls will eliminate moisture absorbing wood from all wall cavities.  A combined water, moisture and vapor barrier in between the interior air space and concrete will eliminate moisture penetration via the concrete.  Integrating a balanced insulation strategy using “high density expanded polystyrene” in the exterior and interior insulation eliminates potential moisture formation in the interior wall cavity by moving the dew point to the exterior.  Wall cavity moisture is generated when the interior void space insulating R factor exceeds the exterior wall insulating R Factor.  All wall board used in the interior of the home will be moisture and mold resistant to help defend against moisture build up and retention in the interior and void spaces.  All construction materials and furniture used in the interior will be evaluated and rated for their moisture absorbing properties or lack there of.  The first strategy in moisture management is in the design.

Ventilation, moisture and filtration will all be accomplished by a smart phone controlled system, inverter driven motors, and multi-zone HVAC system.  From HEPPA filters, to dehumidifiers, to UV light, each zone will be independently monitored to manage specific air quality issues insuring the best possible interior environment at an affordable cost.