Healthy Indoor Environments
In Healthy Indoor Environments, REALTORS® will improve their knowledge of what it means to live in a healthy home and the various health factors that may impact the decisions of their clients.
This course is authored by Noah Quastel of the BC Lung Association, in conjunction with leading experts across the range of topics explored, including but not limited to:
• Air Quality Controls;
• Outdoor Air, Traffic and Green Infrastructure;
• Building Structure and Exteriors;
• Heating and Cooking Appliances;
• Ventilation Systems, and
• Realtor Roles.
The course will also focus on the “tightness” of a home and ways to prevent different types of outdoor pollutants from entering a home. Realtors taking this course will find particularly useful short videos recorded by a number of experts in the field of healthy indoor environments included in each of the modules.
After completing this course, learners will be able to:
• identify key outdoor air pollutants and recognize green infrastructure that can help reduce them;
• identify ways a poor building structure and envelope can increase exposure to asbestos, formaldehyde, benzene, and radon;
• describe sources and health effects of key pollutants that occur in flooring and walls, including dust, dust mites, and tobacco smoke;
• recognize the kinds of stoves and fireplaces that can minimize health effects;
• describe different types of ventilation systems and air quality controls that can help homeowners improve their indoor air; and
• utilize effective ways to learn about the clients’ lung health status and have a meaningful conversation about their health needs.
The primary goal of this course is to enhance the standard of professional competency in how Realtors assist their clients and protect their best interests during the home buying or home selling experience, particularly in the area of health.
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