In biology, “good for you” can mean two different things.
- Introduction of something that increases the health of an organism: food, nutrients, or other substances that an organism lacks for optimal growth or health, similar to the basis of your question.
- The removal of toxic chemicals that would decrease the health of an organism. Things that would fall into this group could be toxins, poisons, radiation, heat, cold, lack of nutrients or air, etc.
This latter definition is more commonly referenced as the basis for claims about the healthiness of green building. In order for homes, or more specifically, the materials in the home, to introduce something that increases your health, they must provide something that you do not already get from:
- Your diet (nutrients, energy, essential amino acids, protein, etc. — and water);
- Breathing (oxygen taken in, carbon dioxide released); sunlight exposure (vitamin D);
- Physical activity (exercise); or
- Other essential biological processes.
Psychological effects :
Now, of course, this prior analysis completely disregards the psychological effects of living in a green home, which can be significant, but are subjective and can be completely dependent on the occupants.These effects can result from:
- Natural day lighting,
- The feeling of security and stability that comes with home ownership, and
- The well-being that comes with the knowledge of living in a healthy home.
Reducing toxic materials that would decrease your health
Now, as was stated earlier, most of green homes focuses on excluding or reducing the amount of toxic materials introduced into a home. These toxic materials can be the kinds that are directly introduced into a home, such as:
- Compressed wood products that use the off gassing chemical urea-formaldehyde;
- Paints, stains and other finishes that release organic solvents into the air;
- Granite countertops that contain decaying uranium that releases the radioactive element radon into the air; or
- Carpeting, that while made of degrading and off gassing petroleum products, also contains all of the materials ever dropped on it or scraped off shoes or feet that have tracked in all sorts of materials we have stepped in while we were outside.
The second category of toxics that are ubiquitously found in our homes are those that we produce or introduce ourselves, like carbon dioxide from exhalation; carbon monoxide from gas-burning appliances like cook tops, water heaters and furnaces; moisture-laden air from showers and improperly vented bath fans, range hoods and clothes dryers; the decomposition of all sorts of petroleum-based materials like plastics, upholstery, furniture, drapes, vinyl flooring, perfumes, deodorants, cleaning supplies, paint thinners, fingernail polishes, drain cleaners, the aforementioned carpets, etc.
Citing the above reasons, its always advisable to live in green homes in Chennai where pollution overpowers daily life. Hence Urban Tree’s Oxygen at Perumbakkam is the right choice for those who are health-conscious and aware of the benefits of living in an eco-friendly home.