Household air pollution

The average person spends more than 90% of their time indoors, and indoor air quality (IAQ) related emissions can contribute significantly to total air pollution exposure. Our homes are one of the places, if not the place, where we spend most of our time indoors. Despite this, relatively few household air pollution considerations are taken when designing homes.

Household air pollution is the cocktail of harmful substances from human-made and natural sources present in the air. The number of air pollution sources and airborne contaminants found indoors is considerable and their sources. Nevertheless, we can characterize the air pollutants as they include allergens, bio-particles, combustion products, tobacco smoke, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), as well as gases from building materials, furnishing, cleaning, and personal care products.

We are exposed to both indoor and outdoor pollution throughout our lives. However, the health risks from indoor air pollution exposure are higher than those outdoors. LatamHaus network seeks to establish discussions to change in housing design through better considerations for household air pollution.

Image credit INHAB. First home to receive the Passivhaus Certification in Latin America.