Healthy Homes, healthy lives.
The use of natural materials within a home has many more benefits than simply looking fantastic. It’s a healthier choice, not only for the environment but for us as the buildings inhabitants. The presence of natural materials like timber within a room not only creates a warm and gentle aesthetic, but offers a number of health benefits as well. Biophilic design principles highlight that connection with nature can help reduce stress and anxiety while improving cognition and creativity. As our world continues to urbanise, our connection with nature is becoming further removed. Using natural materials like timber internally and externally plays a role in mimicking nature and helps to provide the health benefits that come with our connection with it.
Ventilation and Heat recovery
there are few better feelings than taking a deep breathe of fresh air. Many homes can be cold, damp, poorly ventilated, full of contaminants and occasionally mouldy if not cleaned consistently, especially in wet areas. Air quality is a major contributor to a Healthy living environment, for allergy and asthma sufferers, poor air quality and ventilation is a clear trigger. Tipto includes Ventilation and Heat recovery systems within each of our designs, with size varying to suit the buildings requirements. With a combination of exhaust ducts, removing damp and polluted air form the home and a series of supply ducts distributing fresh air into living spaces, you can breathe easy knowing the air is fresh. The heat recovery component ensures that heat gained from a buildings passive solar design elements aren’t wasted, recovering up to 90% of the outgoing warm air and using it to heat incoming fresh air prior to distribution.
Low VOC paints
Low VOC paints are those that contain less ‘Volatile Organic Compounds’ than their traditional alternative. Volatile Organic Compounds have a number of negative effects on both the environment in terms of pollution as well as reducing the indoor air quality of a building. Low VOC paints are typically more difficult to use, this is due to shorter drying times which can result in slightly rougher surfaces. We at Tipto believe this is far out weighed by the health benefits that come with reducing the use of unnecessary chemicals and release of Volatile Organic compounds in the building process. Low VOC paints, coupled with Ventilation systems, will dramatically increase the quality of air we breathe in our homes.
Embodied energy is the energy consumed by the processes associated with the production of a building. from the manufacturing process, transportation and delivery to construction and maintenance. All materials have embodied energy, some far more than others. Tipto carefully selects materials within our builds to reduce where possible our building’s embodied energy. Measures such as the use of natural cladding materials instead of steel or fibre cement sheeting as well as sourcing local manufacturers to minimise material and product transportation all make a difference. All buildings have embodied energy. Healthy building’s reduce theirs as much as possible.
Sustainably sourced timber
Timber is a versatile, strong and durable material, not to mention is beauty. It is also one of the most sustainable, healthy materials to use in construction, if it is sustainably sourced of course. Growing trees absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, emit oxygen and store carbon. Carbon remains locked in the wood for the life of the piece of timber until it rots, decays or is burnt. Australia's native forests, timber plantations and wood products are all net absorbers of greenhouse gases. In 2005, they stored 56.5 million tonnes of carbon dioxide, reducing Australia's overall greenhouse gas emissions by almost 10%.
Tipto ensures all of the timber used within our designs is sourced from sustainable timber plantations and is FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) rated, guaranteeing the timbers ethical production.