Engineered Wood Siding Review: Part 1

I have been researching siding options for months, trying to find the most sustainable siding option that will fit into our budget.  For us, picking a siding comes down to cost, ease of installation, maintenance and durability, and its impact on the environment.  I was trying to find the perfect siding that will do the least harm to the environment, will help protect our house from water damage, and that we can afford.  

How to Choose Healthy and Safe Insulation for Your Home

Here is an extensive review of healthy insulation options for your home.  If you are in the process of building a new home or renovating an existing home then you know that there are a lot of choices you need to make throughout the process.  As the homeowner you are tasked to choose lighting, flooring, cabinetry, countertops, bath fixtures, exterior finishes, and much more.  It's a bit overwhelming. 

What is a Wellness Architect?

Not many people have heard of a wellness architect.  Wellness is a pretty popular word.  We know that wellness is about being in good mental and physical health and about actively maintaining that good health.  And the role of an architect is commonly understood as someone that designs buildings.  So how do these seemingly unrelated topics fit together?  They fit together because most of our lives are spent inside buildings, and the way a building is designed drastically affects our health and well-being.  

How to Create Comfort in Your Healthy Home

When you think of how you want to feel in your home, you probably think, “I want to be comfortable”. That is how you want to feel when you first enter your home and how you want to feel as you move through the day and evening in your home. But what does being comfortable in your home actually feel like? Let’s take a look at what it means to achieve a home in which you feel comfortable.

How to Create Healthy Water Quality in Your Home

It might be surprising to hear that the quality of drinking water in our country is not very good.  After all, most people in this country get their water through municipalities that regulate how the water is treated before it reaches our homes.  Unfortunately, the treatment systems aren’t perfect.  Sometimes the water supply can be contaminated by outside sources.  Chemicals are added to water to treat other harmful contamination.  And sometimes the pipes that deliver water from the treatment plant to our homes leach harmful chemicals into the water (think lead). 

How to Create Healthy Indoor Air Quality

Healthy indoor air quality is a necessity for healthy living.  We breathe in over 15,000 liters of air every day!  A lot of people think that outdoor air is the most polluted air we breathe, but in most cases the air in our homes is more polluted than outdoor air.  Outdoor air pollution is caused by traffic, farming, industrial practices, and construction.  But that outdoor air pollution doesn’t stay outside.  It finds its way into our homes through doors, windows, and all the tiny holes in the walls, roof, and foundation.  And believe me, even though they can’t be seen, houses are generally full of tiny holes!  

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