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Breathe Easier—Healthy Homes Go Mainstream

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic began, according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Americans spent 90% of their time indoors, where concentrations of some pollutants can be two to five times higher than outdoors. Since that time, we all know we’ve been spending about 99% of our time at home, mostly indoors. Given that info, it’s no surprise that IAQ is becoming mainstream. IAQ stands for indoor air quality and it’s something that homebuilders around the country are beginning to take very seriously. While upgrades and add ons are synonomous with new home construction, CR Herro, vp of innovation, Meritage Homes believes that healthy homes should be the standard. “Keeping people healthy shouldn’t be an option when purchasing a home,” said Herro. “Our health-based program is standard in every one of our homes at every price point across the country.” Whether adding structural insulated panels to increase the energy efficiency of the home or installing systems to regulate humidity and prevent mold growth, the desire is now there for homebuilders to prioritize these features in future builds. The good news for builders is that these additions don’t end up increasing build cost. An example is that by installing structural insulated panels, builders can save on labor costs by avoiding needing to insulate the home after the framing is complete. Welcome to the era of “healthy home technology.”