Healthy / Happy Houses
A healthy home or classroom are good for people and the environment. They are also economical buildings, boasting reduced energy, water, and maintenance costs. OTechnology designs are smaller, with a smaller carbon footprint to protect and ensure our population and planet’s survival and longevity.
Why should we build healthy, happy homes? In the United States, buildings account for: 39% of total energy use, 12% of the total water consumption, 68% of total electricity consumption, and 38% of the carbon dioxide emissions. The built environment has a vast impact on the natural environment, human health, and the economy. By using OTechnology, we can maximize both economic and environmental performance. The environmental benefits of our designs include:
- Enhanced and protected biodiversity and ecosystems
- Improved air and water quality
- Reduction in waste streams
- Conservation and restoration of our natural resources.
Health and / or Social Benefits
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued the Healthy Buildings, Healthy People report, a vision for indoor environmental quality in the 21st Century. The importance of the indoor environment to human health has been highlighted in numerous environmental risk reports, including the 1997 report of the Presidential and Congressional Commission on Risk Assessment and Risk Management. The report challenges all of us to work together to improve the quality of our environment. On average, we spend about 90% of our time indoors, where pollutant levels are often higher than those outside. The following two principles of the report provide a workable context for identifying and addressing priorities for improving the indoor environment: first, exposure needs to occur within or be aggravated by the building; and second, risk reduction must be accomplished through better building design, construction, and operation; improvements in the development and use of indoor products; or mitigation of existing exposures within a building or in its immediate vicinity.
Our OTechnology designs support these two principles and achieve the goal of healthy buildings and people: our buildings are built to be healthy and sustainable for both people and our planet. The structures do this by: enhancing occupant comfort and health, minimizing strain on local infrastructure, and improving overall quality of life.
The economic benefits of an OHome, OClass, or OHousing unit come from more than one source. Buyers will save annually by the reduced operating costs. Our buildings help the economy itself because they is a part of an effort to create, expand, and shape markets for green products and services. According to the U.S. Green Building Council, the United States loses $58 billion in sick time due to unhealthy buildings each year. Healthy buildings allow occupants to work harder and happier at their jobs.