Show #299 – Building a Healthy Home From The Ground Up With Andy Pace


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And on this week’s show!

Andy Pace, Healthy Home Concierge and Founder of The Green Design Center, is back already. Our first show together was fantastic, looking at some of the disconnects between choosing building styles and materials and their impact on human health – seems to be we’re building for a very narrow success metric of energy saving while ignoring indoor humidity and mould growth potential. Add to that sloppier and more lax building codes in many places around the world where waterproofing isn’t done properly or wooden frames are filled over while still wet, and there are disasters waiting to happen – sometimes within just a year or two of the build being completed. But what if we could learn, step by step from the location to the ground and up, every facet of what makes a healthy home? Well, in today’s show we have a red hot go at doing just that. This show, while being a dream for someone considering building their home, is brilliant for renters and owners alike with the bounty of information Andy provides us in this show – we become more literate at spotting pitfalls before living in them! Yes, please. These are life skills we’re learning here and I’m thrilled to bring this show to you as well as Andy’s globally renowned expertise! 

Framework for this show:

  • Choosing terrain/block type/location/position
  • How to choose a builder/arch
  • Foundation types for building health longevity/ framing
  • Walls – material, thickness
  • EMFs and powerlines and internal electrical considerations )(beware the smart home)
  • Solar – awesome but anything to be aware of there
  • INTERIORS – DRY WALL/air flow
  • Finishes

About Andy Pace

Andrew Pace is a Healthy Home Concierge and Founder of The Green Design Center, a leading resource for homeowners and contractors looking to source products that are healthy and green and receive expert consulting advice on designing and building healthy green homes. Andrew is the host of the weekly Non Toxic Environments Podcast. He is a worldwide expert on green and healthy building products and services customers and contractors from around the globe. As founder of the oldest healthy building supply company in the United States, Andrew has become one of the single most helpful and educational experts dealing with the day-to-day concerns of those individuals who suffer from allergies, asthma and chemical sensitivities.

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Check out The Green Design Center for more info.

You can also find them on Instagram @gdc_buildingforhealth and Facebook.



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