is said about ventilation, not because it's a new phenomena
but because homes, and buildings in general, are sealed tighter.
In the past
natural ventilation existed as a consequence of the building
technology employed, houses had air gaps around timber doors
and windows with fixed plaster wall vents allowing for volume
displacement and less plastics and synthetics were used in the
home by way of furniture and furnishings.
is not about currents of air cascading down corridors but a
means of air washing the stale air out of rooms, and out of
the home, in a proportional and positive manner.
Trickle ventilation by natural displacement. A balance is struck,
only as much as is needed, no more, no less, with the added
advantage of being able to adjust the ventilation flow.
common indicator of ventilation being required is when odours
are sensed on initial entry into the house. Whether summer or
winter, oxygen replenishment by way of ventilation, is essential
to family well being.
Obviously it is desirable to keep loss of heat, during the winter
months, to a minimum but the analogy 'you have to lose a little
to gain a lot' is apt here. A balance of exchange is essential
so as to maintain better air quality in the home.
are probably the most natural human indicator as to the air
quality in a home by nature of their innate sensitivity.
the air is something done where the particulate or offending
matter is identified as being detrimental to the individual
and is therefore removed, however by filtering the air people
are less able to cope with general ambient with the individual
being slowly consigned to live in a bubble as the development
of natural resistance is being inhibited.
phenomena, is a case of gaining one thing and surrendering another
is easily overlooked because it has no visual presence but discomfort
can be easily sensed when that feeling of well being is interfered
with, just as you always notice when a house has a 'good feel'
ventilation is how this exchange is implemented, without artificial
'switched on' means such as fans for either ingress or egress.
and designers employ natural ventilation techniques and building
processes that essentially enable a house to aspirate, to breathe,
to ventilate, using products and incorporating them into the
overall composition suitable to this end.
thing is that when budget constraints arise the first things
to be discarded are the pro active items, and very often at
the request of the client, and not the architect or designer.
simple things that have the biggest impact and one of the simplest
is the ceiling vent or register.
said about eating the right foods, keeping fit, weight down,
less preservatives and organic produce.....very little, if any,
is said about air quality in the home.
this is the mind set of those who believe one product is the
same as any other that shares the same word description despite
the obvious difference in the design and materials used. When
they are forced to accept the reality that it isn't, they claim
reality is this, there will be fewer trades people able to repair
or service products in the future particularly if those products
are made to a price and are short term.
The cost of good trades people will be high and ever increasing
cost of replacement will continue to rise, and the chances of
repairing of the product being non existent particularly if
the product is not designed to be repaired.
considering products with which to build your home, let quality,
and not price, be your governing factor. Do without until you
can afford something of known reliability or history
solutions will differ between Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and