Potential Risk in Green Buildings?
There has been a big push in the last few years for “Green Buildings”. These buildings are very energy efficient and use construction materials wisely. The materials include recycled, renewable and reused resources to the maximum extent that is practical. The buildings also have lower operating and owning costs and, are overall better for the planet. But, a recent report from the Institute of Medicine, which tracked the potential impact of climate change on indoor environments, warns that these buildings could actually be hazardous to your health.
To save costs the buildings are built more airtight to seal off potential leaks and conserve energy. But by sealing up the buildings the indoor air environment can change. It can trap moisture in the building, increasing humidity which could potentially lead to more mold problems in the future. This can also happen when owners of older buildings “weatherize” by caulking and adding insulation to seal up any leaks. This essentially doesn’t let the building “breath” potentially causing moisture problems.
So what to do? Upgrading your property can certainly be beneficial and save quite a bit of money in the long run. Make sure you continually monitor your environment and track any changes to keep your building safe.