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Outdoor Life More Than Pleasant, It's Much Healthier

Outdoor Life More Than Pleasant, It’s Much Healthier

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Outdoor Life More Than Pleasant, It’s Much Healthier

Future generation of Canadians face health risk from life indoor

The VELUX Group has unveiled the results of The Indoor Generation report – a survey that found an overwhelming misconception about the impact on our health caused by spending too much time indoors, especially on children, whose bedrooms which can be the most polluted room in the house.

The Indoor Generation refers to the growing number of people who spend the vast majority of their time indoors – currently 90 per cent of their lives – compared to previous generations.

Everyday home life activities, such as cooking, cleaning, showering, lighting candles, air drying clothes indoors and even sleeping and breathing, all contribute to polluted indoor air, which over time can lead to mould and damp homes, increasing our risk of developing asthma, respiratory diseases and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Pollutants present in everyday household objects are releasing toxins into our homes – detergents and the plastic toys that we give our children to play with, as well as building materials, are just some of the items which can worsen our indoor air quality.

It’s believed more children will suffer from asthma or allergies unless homes and public buildings are better ventilated, and the chances of being diagnosed with asthma increase by 40% if you spend too much time in damp, mouldy buildings.

The survey also found a significant disconnect between how people think they live their lives and the way they actually do, with only a quarter of people (26%) in Canada saying they spend 21 hours or more inside. But the actual figure is far more worrying, with previous research discovering a new ‘indoor generation’ who spend about 90% of their time – and often in dark, poorly ventilated and unhealthy buildings. In fact, 1 in 6 Europeans live in unhealthy buildings.

Peter Foldbjerg, head of daylight energy and indoor climate at VELUX, said: “We are increasingly turning into a generation of indoor people where the only time we get daylight and fresh air mid-week is on the commute to work or school. Modern life can often involve an early start to the day, race to work where we spend eight to ten hours inside an office and then straight home, or sometimes making a stop off for groceries or for a quick workout inside a damp and sweaty fitness centre.

“Most people think that indoor air, the air in their homes is better than the air we breathe outdoors, but, it may be worse, up to five times more polluted than outside,” said Nels Moxness, President & CEO, VELUX Canada Inc. “The numbers in our report indicate a lack of awareness about the impact of always being indoors – and today’s indoor generation children are those who are most likely to suffer from conditions that affect their physiological and psychological state. Through this report we aim to educate and foster discussion around healthier living habits.”

VELUX has launched a short film “The Indoor Generation” to raise awareness of the importance of living in healthy homes and the small changes that everyone can make to improve their living environment and indoor air quality. Check it out here.

Six simple steps to make the air inside your home healthier:

  • Open your windows at least three to four times a day to allow fresh air in and open your blinds to let the sun/natural light into your home
  • Keep bathroom doors closed and turn on the extractor fan or open a window when showering
  • Turn hood fan on when cooking and open your windows
  • Don’t burn candles
  • Dry clothes outside
  • Clean regularly with environmentally friendly products
  • Inspect home fans
  • Hypoallergenic air filters in HVAC systems and air purifiers

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PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Windows & Doors

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Windows & Doors

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PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Windows & Doors

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ENHANCE ANY SPACE WITH A SKYLIGHT

Adding a skylight enhances any space, making it lighter, brighter and feel more comfortable. The effect that natural light has on you is well documented. We spend 90 per cent of our time indoors, where the air quality is three to fives times worse than outdoors. A skylight gives you more access to natural light and fresh air to create a healthier, safer indoor environment. And save you money! Shown here, before and after.

VELUX CANADA INC.

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A HOME THAT’S UNIQUELY YOU

For over 90 years, Pella Windows has crafted their products with one purpose in mind — to help you create comfortable and unique spaces that welcome in life’s favourite moments.

PELLA WINDOWS & DOORS

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UNIQWOOD PLUS SERIES

An award-winning and patented design from Casa Bella Windows & Doors, the Uniqwood Plus Series allows you to enjoy the warmth and beauty of wood on the inside, with the maintenance free features of vinyl on the outside. Choose between oak, pine, cherry, mahogany and walnut throughout the home or selected rooms without any change of appearance to the exterior.

CASA BELLA WINDOWS INC.

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JELD-WEN SITELINE WINDOWS

Increasingly, homeowners are seeking windows with a black interior finish. Jeld-Wen is proud to offer this dynamic look with their Siteline collection, which offers the timeless look of natural wood windows in a wide variety of styles.

JELD-WEN WINDOWS & DOORS

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Product Showcase: Exteriors

Product Showcase: Exteriors

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Product Showcase: Exteriors

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THE WARMTH OF WOOD

Building on a century of experience and with new management, Madawaska Doors continues to deliver the ultimate in custom, solid, natural-wood doors. For the homeowner looking to distinguish their new home or renovation, nothing surpasses the warmth and uniqueness of their Canadian-made, environmentally friendly, exterior and interior doors.

MADAWASKA DOORS

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SOLAR-POWERED VENTING SKYLIGHT

The Solar Powered Venting Skylight is the best skylight to add more daylight and ventilation to your home. Replacing an old acrylic bubble with an energy-efficient flat-glass operable skylight gives you the added advantage of ventilation without the hassle. The unit comes with an integrated acoustic rain sensor to close the skylight in case of inclement weather.

VELUX CANADA INC.

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FIND THE PERFECT FIT

Add value to your next construction build, or the upgrade of an existing building, with exterior or interior walls that showcase natural-stone or cultured-stone veneers. With many different colours and sizes, one is bound to be a perfect fit. Celebrating over 29 years, Beaver Valley Stone offers precast concrete and masonry products, natural-stone and fireplace materials.

BEAVER VALLEY STONE

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TRANSFORM YOUR HOME WITH THE CLICK OF A MOUSE

Adding stone to your home couldn’t be any easier with the new Stone Selex Visualizer. Try it before you buy it. Visit a showroom to choose from natural and manufactured stone or brick veneer to suit your style and budget.

STONE SELEX

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Check out this great feature on Velux skylights that aired on Cityline!

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Check out this great feature on Velux skylights that aired on Cityline!

Solar-powered Skylight from Velux

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Product Showcase: Windows & Doors

Product Showcase: Windows & Doors

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Product Showcase: Windows & Doors

by Rise Levy

THE WARMTH OF WOOD

Building on a century of experience and with new management, Madawaska Doors continues to deliver the ultimate in custom solid natural wood doors. For the homeowner looking to distinguish their new home or renovation, nothing surpasses the warmth and uniqueness of their Canadian made, environmentally friendly, exterior and interior doors.

MADAWASKA DOORS

madawaska-doors.com

THAT SPECIAL AMBIANCE

Made in Spain, Ambiance Roller Blinds & Sliding Panels from Shades of Home offers a selection of unique banded fabrics, translucent materials with slim aluminum horizontal bars separating the panels. These Roller Shades and Panel Tracks are available in unique materials and finishes to give you the ability to create one-of-a-kind window treatments, manual and motorized. Shades of Home offers many unique window covering treatments. Visit one of their design showrooms in Oakville or Toronto to see for yourself and speak to one of their experienced window treatment experts.

SHADES OF HOME

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SMART SHADES

Make your home a smart home with the Somfy myLink app from Elite Smart Shades. Now you can control your shades, blinds, drapes, and even lights from your smartphone or tablet. The myLink hub plugs into any wall outlet and communicates with your home’s wifi network. The mobile app features scenes, schedules and even remote access so you can operate your shades and lights when you’re away from home. Now that’s smart.

ELITE WINDOW FASHIONS

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INNOVATIVE & PRACTICAL

Selecting window fashions is often a complicated decision as there are many practical considerations. Window fashion innovations such as Silhouette window shadings from Hunter Douglas with the Signature S-Vane, offer a combination of sheer fabric to maintain a view of the outside, and rotating fabric vanes for light control, both during the day and at night. Available at Centurian Window Fashions.

CENTURIAN WINDOW FASHIONS

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SOLAR POWERED VENTING SKYLIGHT

The Solar Powered Venting Skylight is the best skylight to add more daylight and ventilation to a home. There is no wiring required, replacing an old acrylic with an energy-efficient flat glass operable skylight, gives your customers the added advantage of ventilation without the hassle. With an integrated acoustic rain sensor, the skylight closes in case of inclement weather.

VELUX CANADA INC.

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HIGH PERFORMANCE WINDOWS & DOORS

Unitech Windows and Doors is a leading manufacturer and factory direct supplier of energy-efficient residential vinyl windows and modern maintenance-free fibreglass doors. In its spacious Vaughan showroom, customers can get access to an entire range of high performance custom-glass windows and doors styles. The showroom has over a dozen door designs in actual building situations for your easy selection. Within the showroom is a dedicated window design section with emphasis on custom shapes and unique solutions for any design or style.

UNITECH WINDOWS & DOORS

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LET THERE BE LIGHT!

Sun-Brite Drapery recently introduced two new wireless shade systems by Lutron, battery-operated and a low voltage system, offering remote-controlled shades that are fully motorized and reasonably priced. The Serena system is a stand-alone product, which makes it more affordable for homeowners who cannot afford to fully automate their homes. Serena roller shades can be installed with or without wires, and come in a wide variety of colours and fabric textures.

SUN-BRITE DRAPERY

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Using Skylights to Make Rooms Feel Larger

Using Skylights to Make Rooms Feel Larger

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Using Skylights to Make Rooms Feel Larger

Sara and Frank are empty nesters who downsized to a smaller home in Greenville, S.C. They wanted to live in a walkable city, which is why they built their home near the local greenway – just minutes from the downtown shops and restaurants. But because it was built on a narrow lot, the house needed a way to bring in natural light while still maintaining privacy from neighbors. VELUX skylights in the living room and the kitchen provided this ample natural lighting – so much so that the couple rarely turns on the lights during the day.

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How To Install a VELUX Solar Skylight

How To Install a VELUX Solar Skylight

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How To Install a VELUX Solar Skylight

Steve Maxwell shows how the new breed of solar-operated skylights work. Also called roof windows, VELUX is currently the only manufacturer offering solar models that open and close without the need for wiring. Steve shows the advantages solar roof windows offer over regular skylights, plus how the best modern roof windows are installed for leak-free performance and how they allow air conditioning to work effectively in upper levels.

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VIDEO : Velux Bedroom Skylight

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Product Showcase: Paint & Wallcoverings

Product Showcase: Paint & Wallcoverings

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Product Showcase: Paint & Wallcoverings

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THAT SPECIAL AMBIENCE

Made in Spain, Ambiance Roller Blinds & Sliding Panels from Shades of Home offer a selection of unique banded fabrics, translucent materials with slim aluminum horizontal bars separating the panels. These Roller Shades and Panel Tracks are available in unique materials and finishes to give you the ability to create one-of-a-kind window treatments, manual and motorized. Shades of Home offers many unique window covering treatments. Visit one of their design showrooms in Oakville or Toronto to see for yourself and speak to one of their experienced window treatment experts.

SHADES OF HOME
shadesofhome.ca

MAXIMUM PROTECTION

Paint that powerful rectangle, your front door, into a stunning design statement with Beauti-Tone. Formulated for the Canadian climate, providing maximum protection for years on your exterior. Exclusively at Home Hardware and building centres throughout Canada.

BEAUTI-TONE PAINTS
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EASIEST SKYLIGHT TO INSTALL

The Rigid Sun Tunnel from VELUX Canada is the easiest skylight to install. Ideal for projects where the distance between the roof and ceiling is too long for traditional skylights, it installs in as little as three hours with the patent Flexi-Loc system. To ensure the tunnel withstands the extremities, an Energy Kit is added to increase energy efficiency and for Energy Star compliance.

VELUX CANADA INC.
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BENJAMIN MOORE INTRODUCES NEW CENTURY

Benjamin Moore has launched CENTURY in Canada—a new dimension in paint that builds upon the brand’s legacy of craftsmanship, precision and beauty. Formulated to exceed the creative desires of the most exacting designers and environments, this innovative paint comes in a curated collection of 75 brand new colours that are brought to life with the first Soft Touch Matte finish. Shown here, Bittersweet Vine.

BENJAMIN MOORE & CO.
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