Women’s Work — Making Homes Healthy, Safe, Durable, Comfortable and Energy Efficient

A. Tamasin Sterner

Above: A. Tamasin Sterner, of Pure Energy Coach, teaches women in her class about safety issues with a wood-burning stove.

Having just returned from a five-day course for women on “home performance,” I am inspired to let more women know about this field. I mean, who better to help make homes safe and comfortable than women? We’re all over this goal, why not be the ones who actually make it happen?

The whole process starts with a scientific analysis of the house. Are there poisonous exhaust gasses in the air? Too much moisture that can lead to mold? Insufficient fresh air? Leaks in the attic?

Not only are your utility bills too high when your house is a bad performer, but you and your family can get sick and stay sick from the rotten air. How many people remain poor and unproductive because they are being sickened by their unhealthy home? Way too many, in my opinion.

Happily, a poorly functioning house is not an opinion, but can be verified with data and science. For instance, toxic carbon monoxide levels cannot be higher than 35 parts per million for the house to be considered safe. That level can be measured so it’s scientific, not opinion.

Plus, a house should have a certain number of air changes per hour, or ACH, in order to be a safe place in which to breathe. That number can be scientifically verified.

You’ll read more about home analysis on Kathy’s Remodeling Blog in the months and years to come. But I want to state emphatically right now that making sure homes are healthy, safe, durable, comfortable and energy efficient is a natural career for women to consider. We’ve been tasked with creating “home” for our entire time on the planet. Now, let’s do it right.