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Planet Thrive, Inc. has published a 38-page brochure for people with environmental sensitivities, containing 300+ ‘safer’ construction tips, including approaches for minimizing indoor chemicals, mold, and electromagnetic frequencies (EMFs).
Date Released: 10/04/2007

Long Beach, NY October 4, 2007 Planet Thrive, Inc. Planet Thrive, Inc. has published a 38-page PDF brochure titled Safer Construction Tips for the Environmentally Sensitive, fully illustrated with color photos. The guide was researched and written by Planet Thrive founder and director Julie Genser in collaboration with Melinda Honn, President of the Southwest Environmental Health Association, and Greg Conrad, the former Head of Residential Building Safety for the City of Phoenix. The authors share 300+ tips for ‘safer’ construction, including approaches for minimizing indoor chemicals, mold, and electromagnetic frequencies (EMFs). Written for those with moderate to severe environmental sensitivities, the guide may also be useful for people with other chronic illnesses that have potential environmental contributing factors such as Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS), Parkinson’s Disease, and Autism Spectrum (AS), as well as for families concerned about raising their children in a less toxic indoor environment.

It is now well known that conventional construction produces tightly sealed interiors that are usually more toxic than outdoor environments, with formaldehyde and solvents off-gassing from plywood cabinets and carpet glues for years to come. Not to mention ‘electro-smog’ from cordless phones, WiFi systems, cable TV, and other wireless transmission systems. As awareness of indoor air pollution has grown, more focus has been put on ‘green’ building materials like strawbale and bamboo, and renewable energy systems like active solar and wind power. While better for the environment, many people are sensitive to these natural materials that are more susceptible to mold and other fungi and may contain volatile oils, like the terpenes found in pine and other aromatic woods. Safer Construction Tips explores alternatives to ‘toxic’ and ‘green,’ offering advice on how to create non-toxic interiors built from inert materials like ceramic tile, stone and glass.

Based on the completed surveys of 18 families who have already built ‘safer’ housing for someone with moderate to severe chemical and/or electrical sensitivities, as well as various books and online resources, the brochure was started as a project while Genser was a coordinator for MCS-Global, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing awareness, information and education on the disastrous human and environmental health consequences caused by global chemical pollution.

Genser says: “This PDF download is a great practical guide for those planning to pioneer the building of their own non-toxic home. There are few architects or consultants specializing in non-toxic home design to the degree needed for those with severe environmental sensitivities. This brochure will take people from site selection, dealing with contractors and navigating building codes, to laying out the space well and choosing the right materials. Included are basic principles for passive solar design, as well as lifestyle tips for mold and electrical sensitivity.”

The full-color 38-page guide is available as a FREE read-only PDF document at Full color and condensed b&w print versions are available for US$15.00 as well.

Planet Thrive is a grassroots community for personal wellness with a focus on the health-environment connection. A positive healing space for those on a more conscious path, Planet Thrive’s mission is to connect, inform, and support people globally who are struggling to reverse the damaging health effects of an increasingly toxic world. Their membership includes those recovering from Lyme Disease, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Chemical Sensitivity and other chronic illnesses of an environmental origin, as well as holistic health practitioners, healers, activists, and others interested in living a sustainable, healthy lifestyle. source: on-toxic construction, sustainable design, environmental illness, safe home, mold illness, electrical sensitivity, chemical sensitivity, asthma, allergies, non-toxic construction materials, home design, green design, chemical free home, emf free
Written By:   Planet Thrive, Inc. 
Date Posted: 2007-10-04  

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