LEEDing with Ventilation for Healthier Homes

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The Healthy House Institute (HHI) and Home Ventilating Institute (HVI) are working together to call public attention to the home ventilation requirements of the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC’s) LEED for Homes Rating System.

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The Healthy House Institute (HHI) and the Home Ventilating Institute (HVI) are working together to promote better ventilation and indoor air quality.

Promoting fresh air indoors through better ventilation is a positive and necessary step to protect ourselves, our children, elderly and loved ones at home where we are most vulnerable, says Allen Rathey, president of the Healthy House Institute (HHI).

Given the importance of fresh air to healthy indoor environments, the Healthy House Institute (HHI) and Home Ventilating Institute (HVI) are working together to call public attention to the home ventilation requirements of the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC’s) LEED for Homes Rating System. The collaboration, starting in Fall 2011, will include HVI articles published on the HHI website, joint press highlighting the LEED requirements for home ventilation, and other outreach including e-learning initiatives.

“Promoting fresh air indoors through better ventilation is a positive and necessary step to protect ourselves, our children, elderly and loved ones at home where we are most vulnerable,” states Allen Rathey, president of the Healthy House Institute (HHI), Boise ID. “The USGBC’s recommendations are especially commendable because they are sensible, allow flexibility in how proper ventilation is achieved, and balance today’s energy-saving economic concerns with environmental and climate factors.”

“It is laudable that the USGBC’s LEED for Homes Rating System awards points toward LEED certification for installing whole-house ventilation systems, supply and exhaust fans, garage ventilation fans, and heat/energy recovery systems to ‘reduce occupant exposure to indoor pollutants by ventilating with outdoor air,’” says Jacki Donner, Executive Director of the Home Ventilating Institute (HVI). “This goal is made all the more achievable with advances in home technology such as high efficiency fans, heat recovery ventilators (HRVs), and energy recovery ventilators (ERVs) that enable ventilating simply and cost-effectively.”

The LEED for Homes rating system stipulates that builders and contractors meet the ventilation requirements of ASHRAE Standard 62.2-2010 and that overall systems meet third party performance testing standards.

HVI recommends that manufacturers have their equipment tested by independent labs and certified by HVI for performance in connection with airflow, sound level, and energy usage. HVI Certification is currently required for the US EPA’s ENERGY STAR® Program, Canadian Regulatory Agencies and compliance with various U.S. state requirements. The test procedures are developed by HVI based on national and international consensus determinations as well as standards of other agencies in accordance with the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the Standards Council of Canada.

“We see a strong synergy of objectives here,” added Rathey. “Every home needs ventilation to protect people from unhealthy indoor pollutants and the structure from excess moisture. These combined activities - those of the USGBC, HVI and HHI - help to promote the health and growth of the home ventilation industry while providing consumers with valuable information, confidence in their choices, and greener, healthier environments."

For a list of HVI-Certified Products, Manufacturers, and Brand Names, visit the HVI-Certified Products Directory. HVI updates the HVI-Certified Products Directory monthly.

About HHI

The Healthy House Institute™ (HHI) provides consumers information to make their homes healthier. HHI strives to be the most comprehensive educational resource available for creating healthier homes, covering topics in-depth such as air and water quality, building, remodeling and furnishing, cleaning and housekeeping, health and safety, ventilation, lighting, energy efficiency and more.

The Institute’s goal is to reach a mainstream educated consumer with credible information merging the best of ‘green’ with the best of healthier homes research, indoor environmental data, health and medical science, into a practical, timely, easily digestible but comprehensive message. HHI strives to be a truly authoritative voice that has the ‘ear’ and trust of major media, influentials, and most importantly, the intelligent consumer. For more information, contact HHI at 13998 West Hartford Dr., Boise, ID 83713; Telephone: 208-938-3137; Fax: 208-938-3138. Visit the website at http://www.healthyhouseinstitute.com.

About HVI

The Home Ventilating Institute (HVI), founded in 1955, is a nonprofit association of the manufacturers of home ventilating products. Through a Certified Ratings Program, HVI provides a voluntary means for residential ventilation manufacturers to report comparable and creditable product performance information based upon uniformly applied testing standards and procedures performed by independent laboratories.

Today, HVI represents manufacturers from the United States, Canada, Asia and Europe, producing the majority of the residential ventilation products sold in North America. For more information, contact HVI at 1000 N. Rand Road, Suite 214, Wauconda, IL 60084. Telephone: 847-416-7257; Fax: 480-559-9722; E-mail: hvi(at)hvi(dot)org. Visit the website at http://www.hvi.org.

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