New Healthy Home and Southern Comfort
From the Owners of a New Healthy Home:
“We were absolutely thrilled with every aspect of our engagement with HBS during our recent new home build. From the outset, HBS did a wonderful job assessing what was important to us from a healthy living space perspective. They helped ensure that those concepts and objectives were translated into specific evaluation of materials and processes used in our build in a timely fashion. They consistently applied a tempered, balanced, and collaborative approach to our contractor when tradeoffs and accommodations had to made. Also, HBS made the science (their expertise) accessible to us, explaining key factors in a very understandable way. Lastly, and equally as important, the team was always available to us and very professionally organized, turning around one-off requests immediately, sometimes intraday (which kept us from unnecessary construction delays), and aggregating all decisions and documentation in a single and consolidated document. In all, we were very impressed with the whole team, knowledge, level of engagement, and value add to our new healthy home.”
Happy, New Healthy Homeowners
New Healthy Home – Summary
A gorgeous site was selected for this home just beyond the hustle and bustle of Memphis, Tennessee. Homeowners were concerned about all things environmental, but initially wanted to pay particular attention to VOCs, aldehydes (“formaldehyde“), and electromagnetic fields (EMF). This more generally fell under our Green Building Consulting Department services of Healthy Building Materials Consulting and Building Biology Environmental Consulting.
Southern Comfort Healthy Home – Process
Owners completed an intake survey from Healthy Building Science. The survey helps define owner goals for sustainability and lay the roadmap for how materials would be reviewed and approved, and how sustainability questions would be answered by the design-build team. Natural finishes with low-VOCs were specified throughout, best practices for managing Indoor Air Quality during construction were followed by the contractor, and low-EMF wiring and design practices helped ensure low exposure. Special care was given to sleeping and other high use areas. Ventilation and air and water filtration were equally important. By the end the contractors had learned a lot of new best practices and the owners were very happy their new home didn’t have a new car smell.
Green Feature – Highlights
- All natural, zero-VOC or no-VOC, and low-toxicity finishes
- Minimized use of composite wood (formaldehyde) where practicle
- Healthy flooring materials
- Magnetic field (EMF) shielding around unavoidable point sources
- Wiring practices to minimize magnetic fields
- Optimized ventilation and air filtration
- Whole house water filtration
New Home Healthy Home – Team
Excerpts from a much larger group! Owner’s donated to Make-A-Wish Foundation in honor of this team:
Builder = Kircher Construction LLC
Architect = Shapiro & Company Architects
Landscape Architect = Joe Baasch Landscape Architect
Waterproofing and Weatherizing = AAA Weatherstripping Co
Roofing = Armando Depaz Roofers
Lighting = AZ Lightning Protection
Green Building = Building Ecology Research Group
Plumbing = Colonial Plumbing LLC
HVAC Design = Engineered Comfort
Cleaning = Excellent Cleaning
Lighting = Graham Lighting
Windows and Doors = Grandview Window & Door
Wood Flooring = H&H hardwood Flooring Services
Grading = Harris and Son Grading
Building Biology and New Healthy Home Consultant = Healthy Building Science
Painting = J.B. Painting
Flooring = Kisers Floor Fashions
Lighting = Magnolia Lighting
Data & Security = Security Fire Protection Co, Inc.
Flooring = Signature Floors
Electrical = Spectrum Electric
Sprinklers = Sprinkler Systems LLC
Electrical = Thweatt Electric and General Contracting
Construction = Warren Brothers Construction
Plumbing = Wilburn Plumbing
Who is Healthy Building Science?
Environmental Testing Services at HBS
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