Eco-business / Social Venture

November 18, 2011


Japanese Builder Unveils Eco-Friendly House with High Indoor Air Quality

Keywords: Chemicals Eco-business / Social Venture Manufacturing industry 

On July 15, 2011, major Japanese home builder Sekisui House Ltd. unveiled its "Airkis" house, an eco-friendly house that features high indoor air quality. The company has been leading the industry in addressing what is called the "sick building syndrome" (SBS) at an early stage, and thus has decided to offer the Airkis design as a standard feature of its leading products of steel-framed, single-family homes.

The word Airkis is comprised of two words: "air" and "kiss." Sekisui House has created this word with the hope that customers become familiar with choosing indoor air quality, just as in selecting high quality food or water.

Considering the affects on children, who are much more sensitive than adults, the company says its design will see indoor pollutant levels of five chemicals -- namely formaldehyde, toluene, xylene, ethylbenzene, and styrene -- in the Airkis house at less than half the national guidelines. After construction is completed, concentration levels are measured according to the guidelines specified by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare. The data will go through an analysis by a third-party public organization, and a performance evaluation record of air quality will be issued. Customers will receive the performance evaluation record at the time of house purchase. By reducing the costs and increasing the product lineup of building materials, Sekisui House has succeeded in standardizing the high indoor air quality of housing.

By further highlighting the health-related benefits of the Airkis house, the home builder seeks to strengthen the value of the Green First house, which is an eco-friendly type of housing that drastically reduces carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and power consumption.

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Posted: 2011/11/18 06:00:15 AM