Your Healthy Home Checklist

Claudette Reichel  |  7/2/2008 7:26:41 PM

Good Indoor Air Quality

Control of Mold, Dust Mites, Other Biological Pollutants

__ Moisture control construction methods (see Durable section)

__ Air infiltration control (See Energy Efficiency section)

Ventilation and dehumidification:

__ Right-size air conditioner (Manual J calculation)

__ Controlled, filtered fresh air supply AND dehumidification to
     maintain RH < 60% and slight positive pressure via:

__ Dehumidifying whole house supply ventilation system, OR

__ Fresh air inlet with flow controller to return plenum plus a separate
    dehumidifier, OR

__ Variable capacity air conditioner with fresh air duct and controller

__ Airtight duct system (sealed connections)

__ No attic power vent

__ 50-75 cfm bathroom exhaust fans with timer or humidistat

__ 100-400 cfm range/cooktop hood exhaust or balanced system with 
     make-up air for larger units

__ Pleated HVAC filter ( 7-9 MERV rating)

For households with allergies, asthma:

__ Central vacuum system or HEPA portable vacuum

__ 10-12 MERV HVAC filter

__ No carpeting in bedroom, family room

__ Dehumidifier capacity to keep RH below 50%

__ Entry designed for large outside doormats, washable rug inside

__ Planned outdoor space for pets

Control of Combustion Pollutants

__ Carport or detached garage

__ OR, attached garage well air-sealed from living space

__ No living space above garage

__ Garage attic isolated from home attic

__ No unvented combustion source

__ Carbon monoxide detector

Protection from back drafting:

__ Only direct-vent, sealed combustion furnace, fireplace, water heater,
     if indoors

__ Bedroom return-air grilles or ducts

__ Dampered fresh air intake in laundry room (or window)

Control of Other Indoor Pollutants

__ Integrated pest management

__ Low VOC paints, stains, sealants, adhesives, cleaning products,
     etc.

__ Low formaldehyde materials (or seal them)

__ Low emission-labeled carpet, aired before installation

__ Finishes free of lead, arsenic, mercury, etc.

__ Modern mud room at family entry (shoe bins)

__ Radon home test

__ Soil gas prevention system

__ If hypersensitive, minimize PVC, electromagnetic field, dyes, etc.

Universal Design

Safe, functional throughout lifecycle; accommodates various ages,
heights, needs, abilities and changes.

Visitability by Persons with Disabilities

__ A grade level or ramped entry path and doorway

__ No steps into visiting areas and one bathroom

__ Min. 32-in. wide doorways to visiting areas

__ One accessible bathroom (5 ft. turning circle at toilet and sink)

Universal Features

Throughout house:

__ No level changes on first story

__ Thresholds < 1/2 in. high

__ All doorways > 32 in. wide

__ Hallways, paths > 42 in. wide

__ Lower switches (38-48 in. from floor to operable part)

__ Higher outlets (18 in. from floor to plug holes)

__ Rocker switches or motion sensors

__ Lever door handles, U-shape cabinet pulls

__ Single-lever faucet controls

__ Easy to reach A/C filter

__ Adjustable shelves, rods

__ Rounded counter and cabinet corners

__ Nonslip, nonglare, even flooring

__ Contrasting color and texture visual aids

__ Ample, variable light without glare, task lighting

__ Space planned for “just in case” elevator shaft, if two-story

Kitchen and Laundry - adaptable and convenient for various users:

__ Appliances placed for safety and universal access

__ Microwave at counter height (36 in.)

__ Front-loading clothes washer

__ Cooktop controls at side

__ 42-in. pathway clearances

__ 5-ft. clear turning circle at sink, range, refrigerator

__ Varied counter heights

__ Seated work space in kitchen (30-32 in. high)

__ No center stile on cabinets where knee space might be needed
    (sink, cooktop)

__ Some outlets, switches on sides of counters

__ Roll-out shelves, baskets, drawers; easy storage access

One bedroom and bathroom more fully wheelchair accessible:

__ On ground floor

__ 36-in. wide doorways, no thresholds

__ 24-in. space on latch side of doors

__ Doors open outward

__ 5-ft. turning circle clear floor spaces

__ Bedroom has door to outside

__ Low windows and mirrors (max. 40 in. above floor)

__ No deep pile carpet or slick, shiny flooring

__ Knee space under lavatory (not obstructed by cabinet or plumbing)

__ Reinforced walls at toilet, tub, shower for grab bars

__ Nonslip decorative grab bars

__ Higher toilet, accessible (not enclosed)

__ Easy-transfer shower, tub with seat or curbless shower

__ Single-lever bath valve, offset for easy reach

__ Higher cabinet toe space (9 in.)

__ Easily adaptable to changing needs

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