Building healthy homes

Now more than ever, our homes are the foundation of our lives. They’re a safe haven, where we work, rest, entertain, and build memories. When building a home, it’s critical to select products that keep us safe, especially those of us who suffer from allergies and asthma.

Have you considered the impact of building products on the health of your customers?

According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, about 2.7 million Australians currently live with asthma, and 20 per cent of us suffer from allergies. With these figures in mind, it’s vital to consider how building products used in homes can impact the health of our clients.

When building a home, products should be low in volatile organic compounds (VOCs) to ensure very few chemicals are emitted, and they should feature anti-fungal agents to prevent the development of mould. These two features are the key to healthy homes, as VOCs and mould are two of the most common triggers of allergies and asthma.

What type of plasterboard should I be using?

When selecting the best plasterboard product to use inside a healthy home, look for plasterboard that features a powerful anti-fungal agent through the paper lining and paint coating to prevent the growth of mould.

All Gyprock® Plasterboard products are certified by the Green Building Council of Australia and Good Environmental Choice Australia, with both entities setting strict limits for what levels of VOC emissions are acceptable for occupied spaces. These types of products are ideal in building healthy homes.

And what about insulation and ventilation?

Bradford Insulation and Ventilation products are all approved by the National Asthma Council’s Sensitive Choice® program, making them ideal for the homes of asthma and allergy sufferers and crucial to ensuring a healthy home. Include Bradford Enviroseal® vapour permeable wall wrap and roof sarking, coupled with a powerful smart ventilator like Bradford Airomatic® on the roof to keep heat and humidity at bay, and your build cool and dry.

For more information on Gyprock® Plasterboard and Bradford® Insulation products chat to your Dahlsens Account Manager or local store.

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