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Here’s Why Healthy & Sustainable Homes Are Not the Same

It’s a common question that I get all the time about healthy homes. Are healthy homes and sustainable homes the same thing?

A healthy home focuses on creating an environment that is conducive to the health of the occupants and puts that first. To achieve this, many non-toxic products are used in the making of the home and the environment. Though these products are non-toxic, that does not mean they are sustainable.

A sustainable home focuses on increasing the efficiency of resource use, energy, water, and materials while reducing building impacts on human health and the environment during the building’s life cycle. This is done through better siting, design, and construction.

So, is a healthy home also a sustainable home?

Is a sustainable home also healthy?

Are healthy and sustainable the same thing?

The answer to all of these questions is no.

Though a home can be both healthy and sustainable, they actually mean two completely different things. Here’s an easy way to think about it.

A healthy home is made for the person’s health, whereas a sustainable home is made for the planet’s health.

Here’s a quick example of why sustainable doesn’t mean healthy – energy-efficient windows! Though they are sustainable and save energy by keeping the heat in the home, it also makes it so that the windows of the home stay closed more. This is an issue for a healthy home because it creates stale and toxic air inside that isn’t being recirculated with fresh air from outside. This is not healthy to be breathing in. Though it is sustainable, it is not healthy. This is just one example of how these healthy homes and sustainable homes are different.

In my opinion, the ultimate goal is to create a healthy AND sustainable home whenever possible. Realistically, the goal should be to be intentional about the decisions you make – about how you build, design, decorate, and live in the home. These informed, careful decisions will help you create a healthy and sustainable place to live.

Health & Home is an interior design-based business that seeks to help others create healthy homes and lives through supportive, accessible, educational, and empowering content & services that will help you on your journey to creating a healthier home and healthier life!

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It’s a common question that I get all the time about healthy homes. Are healthy homes and sustainable homes the same thing?

A healthy home focuses on creating an environment that is conducive to the health of the occupants and puts that first. To achieve this, many non-toxic products are used in the making of the home and the environment. Though these products are non-toxic, that does not mean they are sustainable.

A sustainable home focuses on increasing the efficiency of resource use, energy, water, and materials while reducing building impacts on human health and the environment during the building’s life cycle. This is done through better siting, design, and construction.

So, is a healthy home also a sustainable home?

Is a sustainable home also healthy?

Are healthy and sustainable the same thing?

The answer to all of these questions is no.

Though a home can be both healthy and sustainable, they actually mean two completely different things. Here’s an easy way to think about it.

A healthy home is made for the person’s health, whereas a sustainable home is made for the planet’s health.

Here’s a quick example of why sustainable doesn’t mean healthy – energy-efficient windows! Though they are sustainable and save energy by keeping the heat in the home, it also makes it so that the windows of the home stay closed more. This is an issue for a healthy home because it creates stale and toxic air inside that isn’t being recirculated with fresh air from outside. This is not healthy to be breathing in. Though it is sustainable, it is not healthy. This is just one example of how these healthy homes and sustainable homes are different.

In my opinion, the ultimate goal is to create a healthy AND sustainable home whenever possible. Realistically, the goal should be to be intentional about the decisions you make – about how you build, design, decorate, and live in the home. These informed, careful decisions will help you create a healthy and sustainable place to live.

Health and Home

Health & Home is an interior design-based business that seeks to help others create healthy homes through minimizing toxins, optimizing design and maximizing health. We do so by addressing the build of the home, the design of the space, the decor and even the products used in the home, so our clients can live their healthiest life!

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