DRI Supports Green Homes by Providing Fresh Air Ventilation Products and Solutions
The initiative to go green has witnessed a steady growth globally with increasing number of people joining the bandwagon. There is a growing trend among MNCs to ask for the green quotient, which was the start of the green revolution, in the commercial real estate space. Although there has been a tremendous amount of activity in the commercial sector, the residential space is also not behind and showing a gradual growth.
Of all the green initiatives practiced across the globe, the increasing urge to légtechnika construct green commercial buildings and residential spaces can be termed as a notable move towards a greener future. Like other countries, the concept of green buildings is gaining momentum in India.
Green Homes are the need of the hour as they have so much to offer to the owners and the ecosystem. They help to save on operating energy and cost of water, depending on usage levels. The other aspects to note are increasing longevity of building, better health of users, higher levels of productivity and of course an image makeover for the owners. Even though a green home looks exactly like any other home from the exterior, the key difference lies in the materials and systems used towards the construction.
A green home creates delight as one enters, serenity & health when occupied and regret when departed. It is a successful integration of resource efficiency, environmental sensitivity and attention to human well being, thereby reducing human kind’s impact on the environment.
Green homes not only provide the better indoor air environment and improved health conditions but also provide energy efficiency. Elderly and children rely heavily on home care and green homes promise to improve their living standards. The benefits of green homes can be endless. Green homes have already started attracting the stakeholders in the market including architects, developers and home owners. With the stakeholders becoming active in the market for developing green home, this market is expected to grow at a good pace for many years to come.
Green Homes meet ASHRAE ventilation standards
To ensure adequate ventilation, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) says that the living area of a home should be ventilated at a rate of 0.35 air changes per hour or 15 cubic feet per minute (cfm) per person, whichever is greater.
Green homes comprise of ASHRAE recommended ventilation standards that help keep the air fresh.
Nowadays, because of the extensive use of Air Conditioning at all living places, as well as the desire for privacy, people tend to make little use of windows for ventilation. Also modern homes are built tight to save energy. Tightly built homes may have insufficient ventilation at most times. Conditioned stale indoor air, inside air-tight in-vironment often suffers from increased pollutants from plush furnishing, wall paints, cleaning agents, VOCs and biological contaminants from occupants. All these factors create serious Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) problems.
The need for FRESH AIR Ventilation is very acute to live healthy in such air tight dwellings! Energy experts often quote the axiom, “SEAL TIGHT, VENTILATE RIGHT” as their recommended approach to house ventilation.
Ventilation is supply to and removal of air from a space to improve the indoor air quality. The idea is to capture, remove and dilute pollutants emitted in the space to reach a desired, acceptable air quality level.
For HVAC professionals, there is a big dilemma to champion best practices for IAQ in both new home designs as well as renovation of existing facilities. Providing fresh air for the occupants presents a tough challenge. The outdoor air at a higher design level needs to be conditioned to the level of the indoor design condition, which increases the air conditioning tonnage considerably. The recurring energy expense is another matter of concern.