Principles of a Healthy Home

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HomesJune marked the first annual National Healthy Homes Month. This initiative of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) was launched to provide people with the opportunity to learn more about housing and its effects on health. The National Center for Healthy Housing estimates that approximately 35 million metropolitan U.S. homes have at least one health and safety hazard. As a means to tackle this issue, HUD set out eight healthy home principles that can be followed to make the home environment healthier.

8 Healthy Homes Principles

On average we spend more than 90% of our time indoors, and much of that time is spent in the home. Most people are inside their homes for at least half of each day[1]. There is a well-established connection between housing and health[2]. For this reason it is important to take measures to ensure your home doesn’t make you sick. As the healthy home principles set out, physical, biological and chemical aspects of the home environment with the potential to influence our health include ventilation, mold, moisture, pests, cleanliness and lead-based paint hazards[2]. Resources from the CDC[1] and the EPA[3] set out steps you can take to make your home a healthy place.

Further Information
As part of National Healthy Homes Month, Public Health Talks hosted a twitter chat on healthy homes and environmental hazards on June 6th. We compiled a storify summary of the chat tweets:

Follow us on Twitter for tweets about Healthy Homes and more

We also collect Healthy Home resources on our Pinterest page

And we compile news stories and articles about Healthy Homes in our Flipboard magazine.


  1. CDC – A Healthy Home for Everyone: The Guide for Families and Individuals (2010) [PDF – 2.56 MB]
  2. Housing and Child Health. Weitzman, Michael et al. Current Problems in Pediatric and Adolescent Health Care, Volume 43, Issue 8, 187 – 224
  3. U.S. EPA – Healthy Homes Brochure (2006) [PDF – 3.8 MB]

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