What is Indoor airPLUS?
Indoor airPLUS to help builders meet the growing consumer
preference for homes with improved indoor air quality. EPA
developed additional construction specifications to help
improve indoor air quality in new homes.
include the careful selection of and installation of moisture
control systems; heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning systems;
combustion-venting systems; radon resistant construction; and
low-emitting building materials. Ask about the Indoor airPLUS qualification
for your next new home. Read EPA's Indoor airPLUS Better
Environments Inside and Out (PDF,
5 pp, 807KB, About PDF)
How Does a New Home Become
Indoor airPLUS Qualified?
A builder must first design a home to earn the ENERGY STAR
label — the government-backed symbol for energy efficiency.
The result is a home that is definitely more energy-efficient than
a home-built to
minimum code, helping reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
the #1 source of moisture in your home – as well
as pests, dust, and outdoor pollution. Our homes are
and tested to dramatically cut infiltration.
That improves indoor air quality, reduces the
risk of mold and rot, and also makes you more
comfortable. Is that the kind of quality you’re
looking for in a home? AirPLUS?
To earn the Indoor airPLUS label,
the builder then adds up to 30 home design and construction
features to help protect qualified homes from moisture and
mold, pests, combustion gases, and other airborne
pollutants. Before the home officially earns the Indoor airPLUS label,
it's inspected by an independent third-party to make sure
compliance with EPA’s rigorous guidelines and
Indoor airPLUS Features
use a variety of construction practices and technologies to
reduce indoor air pollutants and improve the indoor air
quality in your new home.
leads to mold and other biological pollutants that can cause
health problems. With Indoor airPLUS, builders use a
radon, a naturally occurring radioactive, invisible, and
odorless gas, is the second leading cause of lung cancer in
the United States. Indoor
airPLUS specifications include radon-resistant
construction techniques (in areas with high radon
pests, such as rodents and cockroaches, can trigger allergy
and asthma attacks. With
Indoor airPLUS, builders seal, caulk or screen where
pests enter a home.
Heating, Ventilating, and
designed and installed HVAC systems can lead to comfort
problems and reduce indoor air quality.
Indoor airPLUS includes
variety of moisture
control features designed to minimize these risks,
including improved control of condensation and better
roof, wall and foundation drainage.
vented heating equipment can cause combustion gases to
accumulate inside the home. Indoor airPLUS can help protect you from exposure to combustion
pollutants by using properly vented heating equipment,
installing carbon monoxide alarms in all sleeping areas,
and taking steps to stop garage pollutants from entering
The types of
materials that builders choose and the way they manage them
during construction can improve a home’s indoor air quality. Indoor
airPLUS specifications reduce the sources of pollutants
inside the home by protecting materials stored on-site
from weather damage, using materials with less
chemicals, and ventilating the home prior to move-in.
homeowners on maintaining their Indoor airPLUS homes is key
to good indoor air quality. Indoor
airPLUS homeowners receive a checklist of verified
indoor air quality features, and instructions for
operating and maintaining equipment to continue
minimizing risks of indoor air quality problems.
properly engineered systems, improved duct and equipment
installation, improved filtration, and whole-house and
spot ventilation to dilute and remove indoor air
pollutants. Builders also inspect air-handling equipment
and ductwork to make
sure they are
clean and free of debris and provide adequate air flow.
Indoor airPLUS Advantages
airPLUS qualified homes have numerous highlights:
Improved Indoor Air Quality
More than 30 additional design
and construction features included in Indoor airPLUS homes
to help protect you against moisture and mold, pests,
combustion gases, radon, and other airborne pollutants in
Moisture and pest control, among other things, can help
protect your family by eliminating common allergens from
entering the home, such as mold and pest residue. Your
builder will offer a
first line defense against pests like cockroaches and
rodents, by fully sealing, caulking, or screening where
pests enter your home.
Your Indoor airPLUS home
can offer a
more comfortable living environment because it includes
properly engineered HVAC system sizing, improved duct and
equipment installation, improved filtration, and whole-house
and spot ventilation to dilute and remove indoor pollutants.
Protect Against Combustion Pollutants
The home provides protection from
potential exposure to combustion pollutants by the
installation of heating equipment that cannot spill
combustion gases inside the home and preventing pollutants
in the garage from entering your house. Also, carbon
monoxide alarms are in all sleeping areas.
After purchasing a home with the
EPA Indoor airPLUS, you’ll receive a manual explaining your
home’s indoor air quality features and how to operate your
home to continue minimizing the risk of indoor air quality
problems. In addition, your home will have a label as proof
that it was built to the high indoor air quality
specifications if you resell the home.
All Indoor airPLUS homes must
first earn the ENERGY STAR label. ENERGY STAR qualified
homes use substantially less energy for heating, cooling,
and water heating thereby reducing your contribution to
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