Healthy Cooling Systems

Cooling Systems in Spain

In Spain we have a cooling problem in the summer. If you’re from Northern Europe don’t underestimate this. In July and August it can be, quite simply, too hot. #healthyhousedesign In winter, spring and autumn temperatures can vary widely even in the course of a single day. When the sun is out you can beContinue reading

Electro Magnetic Fields (EMFs) and Your Health

electro magnetic fields

It’s a tricky topic this one because opinions are deeply held and polarised. Let’s start with a quick summary of the facts and issues and then I will try to choose my words carefully: #healthyhousedesign Electromagnetic fields are generated by 1. Power lines 2. Electrical wiring in buildings 3. Electrical devices Normal bodily function includesContinue reading

Design for Healthy Temperature and Humidity

Indoor humidity

A healthy room temperature is between 19 and 20 degrees about 68 degrees Fahrenheit (YAWN!). The bedroom should be about 2 degrees lower for a good night’s sleep because your body temperature naturally lowers during sleep (DOUBLE YAWN (irony intentional)). Much more interesting is what is will be the temperature on the Starship Enterprise usingContinue reading

Passive House in Cross Laminated Timber: Sotogrande

Pasive Haus Spain

This villa has a 321 sq m built area on a plot of 1124 sq m in near Sotogrande, San Roque, Cadiz. We are currently waiting for the Building Licence Approval. The building will be to passive House standards. The German Institute of Passive Houses is the leading authority on energy efficient houses. The keyContinue reading

Design Your Villa for Clean Air

#healthyvilladesign

We tend to think of ourselves as safe inside our modern homes. We walk through our front door and we shut out all the nasty things outside: the weather, air pollutants ………. office politics and we feel we can relax and be safe. #healthyhousedesign Unfortunately maybe there are some nasty things inside our home thatContinue reading

Natural Light Design Features for Health and Well Being

natural light in the home

We all know that light affects our moods. If you wake up and it’s a sunny day you can feel full of joy and the whole day rolls out well. Wake up and it’s cold and grey and the opposite happens. Sunshine! It’s one of the reasons we Northern Europeans are living in Spain: #healthyhousedesignContinue reading