Last year I had a lengthy conversation with a dear colleague and friend, Jill Salisbury, regarding a potential opportunity to educate the residential market about healthy and sustainable homes. We were frustrated with the status quo of showhouses treading the waters of “greenwashing.” Jill had the good fortune of meeting Nancy and James Chuda, founders of Healthy Child Healthy World, and was quickly inspired to pursue the idea of creating a dynamic partnership. Today, that dream is days away from fruition: The design, construction and installation of a healthy, sustainable, interactive showhouse premieres next week.
When the Healthy Home 2010: Designer Showcase & Tour opens to the public, a dream will become reality—a true success story merging passion and perseverance. Healthy Home 2010 is targeted to be the first designer showhouse in the nation to integrate green building and healthy interiors through the adoption of a new interior design protocol.
One of the most exciting aspects of Healthy Home 2010 is that it will be the first house in the nation incorporating the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute’s Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) Management Plan for Residential Construction: a system for creating—from the ground up—buildings that contribute to healthier indoor air. The GREENGUARD IEQ Management Plan is a perfect addition to programs like LEED for Homes. GREENGUARD-certified products support some of the most stringent indoor air quality standards, reducing airborne volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which leads to healthier indoor air quality.
In a recent press release, Henning Bloech, executive director for the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute, stated “…we’re happy to collaborate with Healthy Child Healthy World to create a healthier indoor environment for children and their families. The implementation of the new GREENGUARD Building Construction and IEQ Management Plan, which includes the use of GREENGUARD-certified products and materials, will help minimize indoor air pollutants that can negatively affect human health.”
Several of us were invited to provide guidance through the Interiors Advisory Board (IAB) to review and edit interior guidelines. These guidelines steered the product specification and selection process, providing overarching design strategies and outlining standards for use by the project team. Besides myself, members of the IAB include Penny Bonda, partner in Ecoimpact Consulting; Leslie Gage, of the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute; Leigh Anne Vandusen, owner of O Ecotextiles; Jill Salisbury, principal and founder of el: Environmental Language; and Victoria Di Iorio, education outreach coordinator for Healthy Child Healthy World.
Over the next two months, I invite you to follow this blog to find out more about the strategies and initiatives that were adopted, highlighting the following:
1) Why this project is significant to the future of healthy, sustainable residential interiors.
2) How this project bridges the gap between green construction and healthy interiors.
3) Which products with third-party certifications assure healthy indoor air quality.
4) Other environmentally responsible initiatives applied to this project.
5) How the Healthy Home 2010 embraced and balanced healthy strategies and LEED certification.
Check out Healthy Home 2010 for additional information on the home and to purchase tickets for events and tours. As a national nonprofit 501(c) 3 organization, Healthy Child Healthy World inspires parents to protect young children from harmful chemicals. For more information, please visit HCHW .
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