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February 2005 Newsletter

Green & Healthy Homes + Relevant Links

Why Green Homes for Sale?
What is a Green Home?
What is a Healthy Home?
What is a natural and eco home?
I love Green Homes for Sale and want to help:
Web Places of Note:

Why Green Homes for Sale?
For a seller -- Green Homes for Sale is an opportunity to offer your home to like-minded people. You have put your heart, health and wallet into making your home green and healthy and you want your home to go to someone who can appreciate what you have done and will continue to enjoy and maintain the home in a green and healthy way.

For a buyer -- Green Homes for Sale is an opportunity to explore homes that you would not ordinarily be able to find, homes that have been built or remodeled with health and the environment in mind.

Real estate professionals may not be knowledgeable about green and healthy homes. Even if your RE agent or broker is green and health savvy they often are familiar only with their local area, now they can market your home effectively to this specific market.

What is a Green Home?
While there are perhaps many ways to define a green home for the purposes of this site I define a green home as one that meets at least a few of the following criteria:

Made with generally non-toxic building materials

Energy efficient - a generally tight house with energy efficient appliances and windows and HVAC and ventilation systems

Solar home - derives most of its space and water heating from the sun

Recycled content materials

Resource efficient materials

Materials from renewable resources

Sensitive to its neighbors and context

Use of locally manufactured building materials

What is a Healthy Home?
While people with environmental sensitivities differ greatly, and their needs vary wildly, generally, a healthy home has been built or remodeled with low or non-toxic materials. In addition they specially designed ventilation, filtration, and HVAC systems.

Often older homes, which have not been remodeled recently, are a good beginning for a healthy home, because previously toxic materials have out gassed most or all unhealthy constituents.

In a healthy home one generally eliminates as much toxic materials as possible. During the building or remodeling process materials know to be toxic are simply not used. If a material known to contain toxic elements cannot be replaced then it is appropriate to "encapsulate" these materials with appropriate sealers or other materials or technologies. Because our homes are "tighter" than ever - proper ventilation is key to maintaining healthy indoor air quality.

We define a healthy home as one that meets at least a few of the following criteria:

Made or remodeled with generally non-toxic building materials

No pesticide use in or around the home - this is essential

Home is maintained with non-toxic cleaning supplies - this is essential

HVAC, ventilation and filtration systems - designed for optimum health

An older home that would ordinarily not be considered healthy and has been updated with health in mind could be a good possibility for individuals wanting a healthy home.

What is a natural and eco home?
We consider natural homes to be those built with generally natural materials like adobe and straw. Rammed earth, stone and other earthen technologies also qualify. Carefully crafted homes made of wood may also be considered as a natural home. We also consider as natural and eco - homes built with conservation and solar in mind. Natural homes are often energy efficient homes.

I love Green Homes for Sale and want to help:
We would love your help to get the word out. Tell your friends. Pass this newsletter on to those who you think would benefit from knowing about Green Homes for Sale. Tell a realtor or architect or builder or developer. If you know of an organization that is about health or has a green orientation let them know about Green Homes for Sale. We are grateful for your assistance and you get the satisfaction of knowing that you did something of value to help promote a good thing.

Web Places of Note:

Debra Lynn Dadd
The purpose of Debra's List is to organize, make accessible, and make known the wide variety of products and services that are currently available with life-sustaining health and environmental benefits.

BodyBurden
In a study led by Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, in collaboration with the Environmental Working Group and Commonweal, researchers at two major laboratories found an average of 91 industrial compounds, pollutants, and other chemicals in the blood and urine of nine volunteers, with a total of 167 chemicals found in the group. Like most of us, the people tested do not work with chemicals on the job and do not live near an industrial facility.

Scientists refer to this contamination as a person's body burden. Of the 167 chemicals found, 76 cause cancer in humans or animals, 94 are toxic to the brain and nervous system, and 79 cause birth defects or abnormal development. The dangers of exposure to these chemicals in combination have never been studied.

Paper or Plastic?
Which is greener: paper bags or plastic sacks?
Good question, with an easy answer. Neither. Both are bad.

INSnet launches SustainabilityStart
SustainabilityStart is the new starting point for finding information and links on sustainable development. 1000nds of links covering 100ds of subjects, all accurately edited and categorized, make SustainabilityStart one of the largest and most complete resources of information on sustainability around.

Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World
Definition of Sustainable Corporation: A Corporation that produces an overall positive impact on society and the environment.

Stay tuned for more handy tips in upcoming newsletters.
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