Offgassing: No that wasn’t my home, it was you!

By
Home Builder with Marnella Homes, LLC

No it isn't what my sons do and giggle or what happened in that embarrassing situation in the elevator.  Offgassing our outgassing is what we tend to call the "New Home Smell" or "New Car Smell".  We think we want it, but do we?  This smell is actually gases emitting from the materials in our new homes and cars. Like, carpet, vinyl, paint, etc. and even furniture. 

The Energy Star New Homes program requires that builders within their program must build at a minimum of 15% above the code requirements.  However, Marnella Homes is building to exceed 30% of code requirements with 100% of the homes we build.  Improved indoor air quality is one of the criteria that we must address. This begins by using materials that have low volatile organic compound (VOC) content.  VOCs include a variety of chemicals, some of which may have short and long-term adverse health effects.

 Our Const. 101 class discussing indoor air quality

To meet the requirements of the New Home program's indoor air quality criteria it begins with using Green Sealed Certified carpet and low VOC content paint and caulking.  Since these products contain much less VOC they don't emit as much VOC as similar uncertified products.  This is amazingly noticeable when walking into a home built with standard products without the indoor air quality consciousness compared to a home that is built to the Energy Star indoor air quality standards.

Whether you already have health concerns that require this attention to indoor air quality or not, you owe it to you and your family's health to educate yourself on the importance of it. So, when looking for a new home, look for the Energy Star label to see if the builder is offering any indoor air quality features.  These features will not only benefit you as an occupant of your new home, but will provide lasting value to you when you resell in the future.

 

Comments (1)

Kathy Opatka
RE/MAX CROSSROADS - Ocean City, MD
Serving Ocean City, MD, & The Delaware Beaches

Outgassing... a new word for me!!  I really chuckled at your first 2 definitions; I think they're more realistic than the actual meaning!

Jan 15, 2010 08:34 AM