What a Healthy Home Means
There is a lot of information and buzz among homeowners these days of having “healthy homes”. The concept of having a healthy home might seem very straightforward, but classifying a home as healthy actually means that it follows 8 very specific principles. According to the National Center for Healthy Housing, 8 Principles are:
- Dry: Damp houses provide a nurturing environment for mites, roaches, rodents and molds, all of which are associated with asthma.
- Clean: Clean homes help reduce pest infestations and exposure to contaminants.
- Pest-Free: Recent studies show a causal relationship between exposure to mice and cockroaches and asthma episodes in children; yet inappropriate treatment for pest infestations can exacerbate health problems, since pesticide residues in homes pose risks for neurological damage and cancer.
- Safe: The majority of injuries among children occur in the home. Falls are the most frequent cause of residential injuries to children, followed by injuries from objects in the home, burns and poisonings.
- Contaminant-free: Chemical exposures include lead, radon, pesticides, volatile organic compounds and environmental tobacco smoke. Exposures to asbestos particles, radon gas, carbon monoxide and secondhand tobacco smoke are far higher indoors than outside.
- Ventilated: Studies show that increasing the fresh air supply in a home improves respiratory health.
- Maintained: Poorly maintained homes are at risk for moisture and pest problems. Deteriorated lead-based paint in older housing is the primary cause of lead poisoning, which affects some 535,000 U.S. children.
- Thermally Controlled: Tenants and homeowners are at risk for various health problems related to prolonged exposure to excessive heat or cold when their homes do not maintain adequate temperatures.
Safe Cabinets mean one less thing for homeowners to worry about
There are a lot of different elements that connect with the principles for healthy housing, but number 5 is the one that is important for cabinet manufacturers. If cabinets are not manufactured properly, with the environment and the safety of the products and processes in mind, it could mean exposure of the homeowner to potential toxins that could be harmful over long periods of time.
This means homeowners are going to be on the lookout for products that are safe for their homes and their families. And that’s why more and more homeowners are starting to look for the KCMA Environmental Stewardship Program Certification Seal.
The KCMA ESP Seal assures homeowners that the cabinets are a great fit in their healthy home environments.
The KCMA ESP Certification ensures that cabinets produced are manufactured by an organization that pays close attention to their impact on the environment and the safety of their products. To earn the ESP certification, cabinet manufacturing companies acquire points in five different categories: Air Quality & Pollution Prevention, Resource Sustainability, Waste Minimization, Environmental Stewardship, and Community Relations.