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If You Were Jason Bourne, You’d Be Dead Right Now: Part 2 of 2.

Robyn Openshaw, MSW - Jul 12, 2013 - This Post May Contain Affiliate Links

eco friendly homeMy second major challenge as we leave our home of 10 years at the end of the year?

I’m trying to build a green, sustainable home. Utah is NOT one of the most progressive states in the U.S., in community planning, recycling, green practices, co-ops, locavore movement, commitment to our future. When I visit Austin, or Portland, or Anywhere California, I feel sad about how far behind we Utahns are.

Just this week I found possibly the MOST SUSTAINABLE  bamboo flooringflooring in the world. (Besides a dirt floor.) Bamboo. Grows like a weed. The entire house will be bamboo, which is actually quite lovely, and very hard so it holds up. (As prolific as it is, seems it would be cheap. It’s not crazy-expensive, but it’s not cheap either.)

Not a stitch of carpet anywhere. No petroleum products. No off-gassing. No lining Dupont’s pockets.

I’m also looking at air filters. Very frankly, I wanted to move away from here because of air quality. But I can’t. Kids, you know.

smog from a powerplant in utahThe warm air traps the cold air in the Salt Lake and Utah valleys, making a cold, toxic soup of car exhaust, manufacturing process output, and more. And we’re stuck in it, until a storm moves through with lots of wind and precipitation. I flee up to Sundance with Tennyson to ski, just to breathe for a couple of hours. But OMG, several times I was on trips this past winter, fretting about my kids breathing that awful muck while I was gone.

IQAir brand whole home filtration systemI’ve found IQAir, whose whole-house filtration system gets the very fine particulate down to 0.003 microns. (All the other filters I’ve found can’t filter stuff over 1 micron, or 3 microns. The fine particulate of heavy metals and other junk, around here, is what does the most damage. Very hard to eliminate through the respiratory tract.)

Does anyone else have anything to say about green practices and products in new-home construction? I’m learning as much as I can about this subject. THANKS to facebook friends who gave me these great ideas!

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  1. Casey P. says:

    I hope to build a “non-toxic” home in a few years. I would be interested to hear about the materials you choose for your home such as insulation, etc. I’ve heard Air Krete is very good. I don’t know if they have it everywhere, though. I want to have the best possible indoor air quality with no off gassing of formaldehyde or other toxins from furniture or sealants, etc. It seems to me that builders here in Indiana have no clue about the best non-toxic practices however. Good luck on your move! Sounds like an awesome community.

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