Housing Conditions and Respiratory health
Babyfoot Developments Designs & Builds Homes for people with predispositions to air-borne allergens.
Since World War II, most changes to the home environment in North America have aimed to improve durability, energy conservation, general comfort, and security, as well as aesthetics. However, few have been intended to improve health directly. Cases of Asthma have risen by over 75% between 1980 and 1994. Today over 24 million Americans and 2.3 million Canadians are asthmatic with the highest concentration of the disease among Canadian children – 13.4%.
Unlike people living in countries with milder climates, Canadians tend to stay indoors for an average of 6 months per year, subjecting themselves to poor air quality for extended periods of time. Babyfoot Developments designs have been made for the Canadian climate and living habits. All bedrooms and living spaces in the house are provided with fresh air. The air is filtered to below 0.3 microns, allowing the removal of pollen, bacteria, particulates and any air-borne allergen. Babyfoot homes provide extreme homeowner comfort with active moisture control and a reduction in space heating consumption of up to 90% from standard building code homes while significantly improving indoor air quality.
A paper published in collaboration with professors from the university of Manitoba and the Unitversity of Winipeg shows some disturbing asscociation between housing and health effects :Housing Heath Effects