Our homes are the foundations of our lives. We live, work, learn, and grow from our homes. They are our safe haven. However, we don't often think about the health of our homes. What is a healthy home and why is it important?
A healthy home is one that is designed, constructed, maintained, and rehabilitated in a way that is conducive to good health for the people who live there. Healthy housing is important for everyone. When it comes to our health, the air we breath is just as important as the food we eat and the water we drink, but because we can't see it, most of us don't think about air pollution indoors.
Unfortunately, indoor air can be as much as five-times more polluted that outdoor air in large cities, according the EPA (1). Indoor air pollutants can include volatile organic compounds, mold, radioactive radon, combustion gases like carbon monoxide, rodent and insect debris, dust and dander, and other unwanted particles.
Studies have shown that our indoor environment and air quality impact things such as productivity, allergies and asthma, concentration and brain function, and even our immune system. For example, research shows a correlation between toxic mold exposure and some cases of Alzheimer's (2), that many common VOCs are carcinogenic (3), and that cockroach debris is among the leading causes of asthma in inner city neighborhoods (4). Clearly, the air we breath effects our health.
While working, learning, and playing at home will be more common in the future, we want to ensure that the people most in need have safe and healthy places to live and thrive.
How will families in need find our service?
E3 INNOVATE will launch a series of press releases and social media campaigns that will help spread the word about this opportunity in our community. We will partner with other local organizations, such as the Tennessee Environmental Council and others to reach new audiences. We will also visit community centers such as churches in targeted neighborhoods to share information about the company, our services, and this Safe Home Initiative.
How will families be selected for our services?
People who are interested in applying for home improvement services will be asked to complete an online application. A small committee made up of E3 members and others from the community will review applications once a month. Applications will be due on the first of every month and the review committee will make selections within three weeks. The selection process will depend on the following:
2. Financial support needed
3. Services needed
4. The homeowners’ and family members personal story
5. Available funds
How much money will need to be raised?
This is an ongoing campaign, so the more funds we raise, the more people we can help. To get things started, we are looking to raise $25,000, which will allow us to start receiving and reviewing applications, and select our first two households to receive home upgrades.
Different homes will need different services, which may range in cost. Therefore, we will offer services in bundles of $5,000 increments. For example, an award of $5,000 may include attic air sealing and insulation, while $10,000 may include crawlspace encapsulation or a new energy efficient HVAC system with new air-sealed ductwork.
In addition to monetary donations from the community, we are opening up the campaign to industry partners who whish to contribute by donating building supplies or equipment. Or, if an industry partner would like to contribute funds, we are offering special sponsorship opportunities. For more information on sponsorship opportunities, contact the campaign coordinator, Lesley Herrmann, at [email redacted].
Who is E3 INNOVATE
E3 INNOVATE is Nashville's whole-home performance expert. Our team of building scientists have helped thousands of families in Middle Tennessee solve complicated home performance issues, like poor indoor air quality, comfort challenges, and high energy bills. We believe that the home is the starting place for building a more sustainable community for everyone in Tennessee.
E3 INNOVATE was founded by Erik Daugherty, a Nashville native with international experiences. After studying in Sweden and experiencing high performance home design in Europe, he brought his passion for sustainability back to Tennessee to help improve his hometown.
To learn more about the work we do at E3 INNOVATE, check out our website at www.E3innovate.com and follow our stories on Facebook @E3INNOVATE .
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