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A Down and Dirty Q & A on WELL

Why do we need a standard? Although the WELL standard doesn't have a certification standard for single-family residential spaces, we use the framework to craft homes centered on human wellness, not simply energy efficiency. Our homes have a significant impact on overall wellness. Everything from the air you breathe and the water you drink, to lighting systems and the materials you use to renovate your home play an active role in achieving wellness. Actively pursuing,...

The Danger of VOCs in the Home

VOCs, or Volatile Organic Compounds, are organic materials which evaporate and diffuse easily at ambient temperature and are emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids. For those of us that desire wellness centered living, VOCs in the home can drastically affect our health. VOCs are emitted by a wide array of building materials, paints, and common consumer products that are known to trigger nausea, headaches, asthma, respiratory irritation and allergies. These chemicals, if not...

Practical Green Home Design

We’re often asked as consultants and renovators what it means to be Green or sustainability focused. We would like to take this next post to discuss what we share with our clients and how we encourage them to take a holistic approach to green home design. Being Green is not a product fad. Often, our client’s find marketing material regarding low VOC paints, non-toxic finishes, and sustainable/organic labels and believe that simply using these products creates...