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JUL-AUG 2019

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G R E AT E R N A S H V I L L E H O U S E & H O M E & G A R D E N ™ 44 H omeowners are increasingly inter- ested in healthy home trends, ac- cording to a recent study by the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard Uni- versity. The study reports that those con- cerned with home health were most likely to report concerns with air quality, water qual- ity, pests, and chemical issues. Newly introduced products include hard- ware made with an•microbial protec•on from Microban, as well as products designed using copper, a natural an•microbial. Millen- nials and young parents are more concerned with the sourcing and quali•es of the prod- ucts they use. Allergies and asthma are fac- tors driving homeowner interest in quali•es of a healthy home. Self-cleaning toilets and hands-free faucets are also proving popular with today's home- owners. "Homeowners are thinking more and more about how much construc•on, design, and decor impact the overall health of their home," says Kate Fudim of Beth Haley De- sign. "As designers, we think of home health in terms of both physical and emo•onal im- pact." Repor•ng that the good news for home- owners is that "not every healthy home ('green') product op•on costs more money than less green choices," says Fudim. "Many manufacturers have commiŠed to producing green products and have implemented tech- nology that has reduced the cost of the prod- ucts. Increased demand for healthy op•ons has also allowed lower cost of their produc- •on. "In cases in which the green op•on is more expensive, homeowners oŽen weigh the cost/use/health benefit and decide if the health benefit is worth the addi•onal cost," Fudim says. Trish Butler of Crye Leike Realtors reports she works with out-of-town clients con- cerned with water filtra•on systems and effi- cient HVAC systems. "The concern about mildew or mold does affect the selec•on process," says Butler and adds that some home buyers budget funds to make a home healthier." "Many homeowners are buying older homes in popular neighborhoods with the in- ten•on of doing some major remodeling. One of the their biggest concerns is the health of the home, especially as the home may be 40 years old or older," says Jim Healthy Home Trends Above, courtesy The Clean Air Company. Opposite page, le to right, Moen's MoonSense hands-free faucet; American Standard self-cleaning toilet

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