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Is Indoor Building Beneficial for Homeowners?

 
Is Indoor Building Beneficial for Homeowners?

Posted: April 14 2021

Is Indoor Building Beneficial for Homeowners?

We get this question all the time, and it’s a good one! Why do we build inside? Our answer is lengthy, but worth the read. Yes, it's beneficial and why wouldn’t you build inside? The benefits of a healthy home are immeasurable. Who wouldn’t want an environment that supports the health and well-being of family?


A well-built, durable building envelope should last hundreds of years. The physical separation between the interior and exterior of your home, (the building envelope) should be durable, properly manage moisture, insulate, and raise R-value. The envelope should address thermal comfort and indoor air quality. A superior building envelope deflects bulk water, drains off and out any water that hits the envelope, supports drying when the building envelope gets wet and is built with the most durable materials, in this case–engineered wood.


Your building envelope protects from the natural elements like rain, snow, wind and sun. Multiple components and materials create a barrier from weather, insects, rodents, sound and outdoor pollution. Further, it should simultaneously control moisture, humidity, regulate temperature, ventilation, and air pressurization. Now, keep in mind your home uses energy to do all of the above, and energy costs money!


So, why do we build indoors and why is it beneficial? Our short answer, for your health and to deliver a superior high-performance home that saves you money. Now, here’s the long answer:


1. Precision & Accuracy

When we build indoors, we have control over all elements of your home inside a dry, controlled environment. Every cut is made and measured by state-of-the-art robotics, ensuring your home is airtight with clean 90º cuts. When your windows are installed indoors, they’re properly secured and insulated–improving airtightness and reducing potential drafts that are common when installed on-site with adverse weather conditions.


2. Supports Whole Home Ventilation

A whole home ventilation system is critical to ensuring a healthy interior. The indoor air quality of your home is affected by the building assembly. Our homes are built airtight with duct work that is cut out and preplanned indoors, ensuring proper ventilation locations and sufficient air exchange. In common households, the fresh air exchange isn’t adequate to keep up with the off-gassing chemicals, cooking odours and indoor VOCs, infectious airborne particles, allergens and so on. When homes are precision built indoors these factors are accounted for, supporting high performance ventilation, without compromise.


3. Improved Air Exchange Rate

Our homes are healthier because of the high-performance air exchange rate we can offer. This simply means the excellent performance of our heating and ventilations systems are more efficient because our homes are precision built, airtight. This allows fresh air to be heated and replenished faster using less energy than a leaky home with conventional furnaces. This significantly improves indoor air quality and ultimately saves you money because your home doesn't need to work as hard (consuming less energy) in the process.


4. No Air Leakage

Building indoors enables us to minimize air movement throughout the envelop of your home, not to be confused with the interior of your home. Air penetration from the outside carries and gathers pollutants moving them into your living space. When the outside pollutants migrate inside, they bring in mold spores that deposit themselves indoors. Air leaks are typically between floor joists, HVAC gaps, appliance vents, basements and attics. Precision building depletes these common issues found in new construction. If your home leaks, your wallet leaks too. An airtight home, saves energy, and therefore saves you money.


5. Core Structure Health

Building indoors allows for wall, roof, and floors to be precision built away from outdoor elements–avoiding rain and snow. The assembly of your home when built in a controlled environment will avoid unwanted rot, mold, mildew and bacterial growth behind the walls. When homes are stick built outside, the moisture is trapped inside the walls with little to no drying potential. This is a serious problem in home construction today and can cause unwanted health related issues down the road. The core of a Landmark Home is built with engineered lumber, that is assembled in a dry environment and the material itself is actually treated with formaldehyde-free sealant that combats wood rot, further upholding a healthy, strong high-performance home.


Every Landmark Home is Built Indoors.


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Resources:

Stelmack, Annette, et al. Sustainable Residential Interiors. Wiley, 2014.


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