Why A Green Home?
We spend 90% of each day indoors so the contents of our homes contribute to our health or make us sick. The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) estimates that indoor air is 2-5 times more polluted than air outside. There are 350 different indoor air pollutants identified and research links hazardous exposure in the modern environment as a threat to our children’s health. Lead, phthalates, BPA and flame retardants are just a few examples of toxic chemicals that are often found in typical household and children’s products.
Traditionally a green home was a house build for energy efficiency. But as homes become more airtight and energy efficient, managing indoor air quality becomes very important. Imagine a tightly built house made with toxic materials: formaldehyde in your flooring & cabinets, paints and sealants with high Volatile Organic Compounds, and upholstered furniture treated with toxic fire retardants. All these common but toxic materials are off-gassing over time, creating a polluted indoor air that has been linked to asthma, allergies and other problems. Known as “sick building syndrome,” this creates delayed harm and in addition to respiratory illness, it has been linked to chronic conditions like heart disease and cancer, headaches, eczema, chronic fatigue and joint pain. It is time to embrace green living to improve the health of everyone in your family.
Finding the right level of ventilation, using materials that won’t off-gas dangerous toxins, purifying water and finding sustainable furniture are all important considerations when building or renovating. With most of our time typically spend indoors, even slight elevations of pollutants can amount to chronic exposures.
You don’t have to tear apart your entire house to go green. Even small changes like switching to natural cleaning supplies, removing wall to wall carpets and installing air purifier can have a big impact on air quality in your home. Or maybe planting your own organic garden is more your thing. We will happily help you set it up.
We have worked with families with a range of health needs due to diagnosed issues, and have found that reducing toxins in the environment can change a prognosis from long-term suffering to healthy recovery.
Contact us to discuss your project, big or small, and we will show you a path to a greener, more sustainable life.
What is a Green Home?
A green home is a high performing, energy efficient, healthy house with the lowest possible environmental impact. It’s a space that has superior indoor air quality, free of toxins and chemicals. In a green home, materials and furniture are thoughtfully selected with minimal impact on our health or the environment. It is a home where you and your family breathe better, sleep better and live better.
With the abundance of beautiful green materials on the market, you no longer have to sacrifice style for healthy living. A green home is a luxurious home which will benefit your family in form and function. Gone are the days of unattractive eco furniture. Today’s modern green homes incorporate design thinking in every choice, creating environments that are attractive in appearance and beneficial to your well-being.
A green home aims to align the home with nature in order to improve quality of life. Think of your house as a living body. Green homes are kept healthy through careful selection of materials, thoughtful use of space, and a respect for the needs of the people living in them.