Pulmonary Homes was founded with one principal goal in mind: to mitigate asthma attacks and other respiratory illnesses by providing environmental interventions to housing conditions. Obviously, anyone can benefit from healthy indoor and outdoor conditions. But those who suffer from respiratory diseases or are allergic will benefit most. Breathe-Easy homes built in the King County, WA are examples of homes with healthy environment specific to persons that suffer from asthma.
To that end, we rehab existing homes and build new homes with features that target asthma triggers and provide healthy environment. Pulmonary Homes is a one-stop company delivering comprehensive solutions that range from designing pollen-free gardens to year-round continual ventilation and removal of molds. We are eclectic and utilize best solutions from many sources as no building code addresses the specific needs of persons suffering from respiratory illnesses. We are research oriented in our approach and employ proven solutions that provide positive impact on health.
The best indoor environmental conditions for persons with respiratory diseases are provided when a building has:
- balanced year-round continual ventilation,
- kitchen hood exhaust,
- HEPA filters,
- controlled relative humidity
- no VOCs,
- no wall-to-wall carpets, and
- is airtight with at least 4.0, ideally below 1.0 ACH at 50 Pa.
There are other features but they relate to furniture, bedding, usage of household products, and behavior of occupants. Our goal is not to provide guidance what patients should do when they have asthma attacks or are sick. We focus on prevention; on elimination of respiratory triggers. Benefits are numerous: reduction/mitigation of symptoms, decrease of medical costs, decrease/elimination of absenteeism from work and school, improvement of patients’ wellness, and prevention of developing chronic respiratory illnesses.
Children. Infants and children are at much higher risk of exposure to environmental stressors and toxicants because, pound for pound, they inhale twice as much air at rest, eat 3–4 times as much food, drink 4 times as much water, and have 3 times the rate of skin absorption compared with adults. Statistics for children are alarming. Most vulnerable are children of parents who have asthma or are allergic. But continual and persistent exposure to asthma triggers will eventually break the immune system of any otherwise healthy child, and most of adults that are predisposed to respiratory illnesses.
Pregnant women. Infants born to mothers who use inhaled glucocorticoids -- a class of steroids -- to treat asthma during pregnancy are at higher risk for endocrine and metabolic disorders. An infant, in general, has higher risk of developing health problems if the mother is exposed during pregnancy to pollutants and harmful chemicals.
Elderly. The number of older adults dying from asthma is 14 times higher compared to those 18-35 years of age. Many older persons spend up to 90% of their time indoors, often at home.
Pulmonary Homes makes health a priority when designing homes. And that is the most essential difference between us and others who adhere to a particular building standard such as LEED. What’s optional in LEED might be totally unacceptable in a design for occupants with respiratory diseases. We are in fact eclectic and utilize features from many standards such as LEED, Passive House, and Indoor airPlus that serve best patients.
For those of us who are dedicated to health prevention providing remedies that mitigate/prevent respiratory diseases is not a job, it’s the calling.