The Healthiest Home - green your print

By: The Healthiest Home  09-12-2011

Bring us your conventional specifications, ideas or designs and we will help you GreenYourPrint.

Are you working on a LEED project, helping a client create a better, healthier, greener home for their family or embarking on a do-it-yourself project?

Whether you are planning a renovation project, a commercial LEED building, helping a client create a healthier, more sustainable home for their family or embarking upon a do-it-yourself project, bring us your conventional specifications, ideas or designs and we will help you GreenYourPrint.

GreenYourPrint provides a home owner or a building professional the ability to make healthier, more sustainable choices in every aspect of the blue print.

In order to minimize deviation from your original design or building budget, we highly recommend implementing an integrated planning and design process (initial plans and concepts considering the entire budget and all facets of the project). Instead of making last minute changes, this approach supports a more cost efficient method and incorporation of functional design elements. It is equally important to consider the life cycle cost analysis and health benefits of a "green" space when making financial decisions. When The Healthiest Home designs to your budget there is no premium for a premium product.

It is both an incredible opportunity and challenge for people to actualize their good intentions and desire to "green" their home renovation, office or latest project. It is a unique moment in time when you realize that the final decisions can be responsible ones. This involves thinking in a broader terms and realizing that countless options exist allowing you to achieve aesthetically what you and/or your client want, while creating spaces that are healthy, sustainable, and maintain a symbiotic relationship with the environment.

Is one the biggest contributors to toxins in the indoor environment. Traditional cabinetry is built with toxic finishes (stains and paints), and adhesives and core material (particle board) that is loaded with urea formaldehyde a known carcinogen. Solid Wood or wood veneers are ideally either (FSC) Certified woods or reclaimed. However, the most important elements are the core material and finishes: All finishes and adhesives are water based and low-VOC or the least toxic options available. All core materials are no have no added urea formaldehyde. Any design or style, can be built - gorgeous and green! The Healthiest Home writes material specifications and completes design work for your choice of cabinetry.
Granite countertops are typically associated with high-end, luxury spaces. However, Granite countertops are less-than-sustainable due to the environmental damage caused by quarrying practices and the high embodied energy incurred by shipping such a heavy item (typically manufactured n China). Other commonly specified countertops are made from petroleum based products. Locally sourced granite, recycled glass or recycled papers are only some of the options for countertops. All of these options and more are manufactured either locally or within North America. The ideal countertop material should have high recycled content and have a solid, nonporous surface that is stain and scratch-proof. The counter should attach directly to the cabinet framing to avoid the need for underlayment and adhesives.
Is one the biggest contributors to toxins in the indoor environment. Traditional cabinetry is built with toxic finishes (stains and paints), and adhesives and core material (particle board) that is loaded with urea formaldehyde a known carcinogen. Reclaimed and certified wood, bamboo, engineered wood floors; linoleum and cork are all examples of superior alternatives to tradition flooring products. They are manufactured by numerous suppliers. As the most dominant interior finishing in the home, The Healthiest Home has a stringent supplier/product criterion and has narrowed our selection to the best available on the market.
Traditional paints can have a major impact on indoor air quality. Most traditional latex paints in use today contain a host of potentially harmful ingredients, including formaldehyde, ethylene glycols, silicas, polyvinyl acetates, and other VOC's. These chemicals not only off-gas into indoor air during the painting process, but can continue to off-gas for weeks and months afterwards - and can affect people with asthma, allergies, and chemical sensitivities, causing nausea, dizziness, and respiratory irritation. When paint vapors escape outdoors, they combine with other pollutants and sunlight to form smog, ozone, and greenhouse gases. Low & Zero-VOC paints and Natural Clays are specially formulated to give off no odor during application or afterwards. They're made using water-based acrylic co-polymers, kaolin (clay), titanium dioxide, and limestone, and contain no formaldehyde, ammonia, crystalline silica, ethylene glycol or other toxic ingredients. The paints provide good coverage, clean up easily with soap and water, and are available in hundreds of standard colors and can be custom mixed to match the colors of almost any paint manufacturer. Remember the darker the color the higher the VOC content.
The methylene chloride used in many conventional paint and wood finish strippers is carcinogenic to laboratory animals, is a potential cause of cancer in humans, and can also harm unborn children. Methylene chloride evaporates quickly, and can irritate the eyes, skin, nose, and lungs when inhaled, and can cause headache and dizziness. High exposures to methylene chloride - and to other stripping solvents including acetone, toluene, or methanol - can also cause liver, kidney, and brain damage. Warning labels will also tell you that waste-soaked rags can catch fire if vapors start to build up in confined spaces like garbage cans. Sheetrock Mold Tough is the first patented wallboard that actively inhibits mold growth on the paper surface and throughout the gypsum core. Using proprietary technology, ingredients are added during the manufacturing process to protect the wallboard from moisture and toxic mold growth - a widespread problem that continues to plague builders and homeowners - thereby reducing health risks and improving indoor air quality.
Used commonly as the finish construction for interior walls and ceilings, standard drywall is made of a paper liner wrapped around an inner core made primarily from gypsum plaster. Standard drywall typically retains moisture, providing ideal conditions for the growth of toxic mold. There is a patented wallboard that actively inhibits mold growth on the paper surface and throughout the gypsum core. Using proprietary technology, ingredients are added during the manufacturing process to protect the wallboard from moisture and toxic mold growth - a widespread problem that continues to plague builders and homeowners - thereby reducing health risks and improving indoor air quality.
Effective and adequate insulation is a critical factor in increasing the energy efficiency of your home and lowering your utility bills. Conventional insulation, however, is typically made from fiberglass - potentially harmful to installers - contains low recycled content, and uses formaldehyde based binders. There are various non-toxic insulations that are available depending on the specific needs of your project and budget. One alternative is Soy-based spray foam insulation. It expands its volume to completely fill every space and void, creating a tight barrier and thermal seal - unlike other types of insulation. This can greatly improve indoor air quality by blocking harmful outside pollutants and allergens, and reducing noise pollution, and also delivers lower energy costs. Soy-based insulation is manufactured from American grown soy beans, an annually renewable resource. It is durable, contains no irritating fibers, does not off-gas, and helps prevent mold and fungi growth.
A few replacements in your home or office and the result on your monthly bills as well as the environment will be astonishing. Conservation is key for the welfare of future generations as our natural resources are in constant threat of depletion. Energy Alternatives Possible alternatives to fossil fuel include solar, wind, tide, biomass, geothermal, hydropower, and hydrogen energy. The most readily available and easiest methods to conserve energy & water are: new CFL or LED light bulbs, energy star appliances, tankless water heaters, low flow toilets and plumbing fixtures, use of solar panels and supporting alternative energy sources.
Household cleaning products are among the most hazardous products sold to consumers, containing VOCs and other toxic chemicals which can make indoor air unhealthy; cause skin, eye, respiratory and other health problems. In addition, the products are harmful to the environment. Once released into wastewater, the harsh surfactants in many conventional cleaning products can cause eutrophication, leading to undesirable changes in water quality in lakes and streams. A host of harmful and carcinogenic toxins can also be released. Eco-conscious Cleaners From dishwasher and laundry detergent, to toilet bowl cleaner, to strong commercial degreasers and hospital-grade disinfectants, these products contain natural surfactants derived from plant oils such as corn, soybeans, and citrus, and are free of synthetic dyes and perfumes. Enzymes and beneficial bacteria are employed to digest greases and organic waste in clogged drains, and to kill pathogens. These products are biodegradable, non-toxic, and low-odor. without the presence of strong vapors.


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