We’re tickled by an offshoot of the sustainable housing movement that makes occupants’ health the No. 1 priority. Called wellness properties, these homes earn props by incorporating features, like vitamin C-infused shower water and ergonomic flooring, to protect health in the way that green-certified properties protect the earth.
This proprietary Well Building Standard is exclusive to properties developed by New York City-based real estate company Delos Living. (Deepak Chopra is on the advisory board!)
So what exactly makes these homes so crazy healthy? Here’s a short list of the wholesome stuff aimed to please health-conscious homeowners, as well as persnickety germaphobes:
- An air-purifying system that sterilizes airborne nasties, like viruses, bacteria, dust mites, and mold spores, while controlling humidity to deter fungal and microbial growth.
- Houseplants picked to suck out common VOCs.
- Healthy entrance technology that includes a doorway walk system that traps dirt and moisture from shoes and objects that come in the house.
- A UV water sanitizer that uses ultra-violet germicidal irradiation to zap microorganisms without chemical-based filtering.
- Healthy surfaces, including nonporous kitchen surfaces designed to prevent icky bacteria growth, and photo-catalytic coated walls that break down bacteria, viruses, and VOCs when exposed to light.
- Forgiving floors that include a cork underlay aimed at reducing the beating your feet and back take from walking and standing.
- Acoustic damping elements, such as ultra-quiet appliances and windows that eliminate noise from outside.
Although good health is priceless, living in a Delos home that dotes on your well-being will set you back at least $15 million. That’s the starting price for one of the five Well properties being built in New York City.
Luckily for you and your budget, we’ve got a whole bunch of simple, healthy ways to make your current home a safe haven:
- Avoid using materials with toxic ingredients.