Is Your Home Making You Sick?

Cawley, Janet
May 2003
Biography;May2003, Vol. 7 Issue 5, p68
Most of us think of our homes as benign places to live and relax. But just like people, houses and apartments can become sick because of indoor toxic pollutants. John and Lynn Bower head the Healthy House Institute, an independent resource center in Bloomington, Indiana, which offers books and videos on nontoxic living and building construction. In 1976 the Bowers bought a dilapidated 1850s farmhouse outside Lafayette, Indiana, and then spent the next six years rebuilding much of the inside and outside. And our practice of building" tight" homes for greater energy efficiency, but without mechanical ventilation systems to allow fresh air to enter, means pollutants are trapped inside. INSETS: Is Your Home Healthy?;Common Indoor Pollutants.


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