The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has launched a new label to compliment ENERGY STAR's new construction qualified home program and tackle indoor air quality. The new Indoor airPLUS label addresses moisture and radon control, pest management, heating, ventilating and air-conditioning as well as building materials and homeowner education. Although Indoor airPLUS is currently only offered for new construction, the guidelines provide a great checklist for existing homeowners to follow on their own as well.
The program requires an independent 3rd party such as a HERS Rater to verify that the builder has successfully met all Indoor airPLUS requirements. Gutters and downspouts must direct water a min of 5' from foundation, exhaust fan with a min of 70cfm installed in garage and vented to outside, and certified low-VOC or no-VOC interior paints & finishes used are just some of the Indoor airPLUS requirements. Find an Indoor airPLUS builder here Builders and Raters, click here for more information