A March 2016 paper by the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University detailed a nationwide study that asked 2,200 people whether they had concerns about their indoor environment. Nearly half expressed some worry, and the issue cited most often was indoor air quality, or IAQ. Those results are what we would have expected. Energy codes are mandating nearly draft-free homes at the same time that manufacturers are introducing more synthetic materials and chemical-based finishes. When you add high-profile media coverage to the mix—like dozens of news stories in 2009 about drywall imported from China emitting hydrogen sulfide gas, and a 2015 CBS 60 Minutes segment about formaldehyde emissions from imported laminate flooring—people naturally want assurances.
The good news is that professional builders like Moffitt Built take their responsibility for good IAQ very seriously. We spend time educating ourselves on the issue, we carefully choose materials, and we make sure the home’s mechanical system is engineered to deliver the needed fresh air. Read more about the subject and see what Moffitt Built is doing to manage the issue in our latest newsletter.