Maintaining a high level of indoor air quality starts before you even enter a home — the first point in Healthy Child Healthy World‘s 5 steps for a healthy and safe home is to avoid pesticides. Chemicals used in insecticides and fertilizers can be carried into the home on your shoes. Leaving your shoes at the door is a must in the home tour, to reduce the chance of toxins entering the space.
The healthiness of this home started from the ground up, literally — the concrete foundation includes recycled fly ash (from the combustion of coal). Features like the tankless hot water system (which does not require the use of natural gas) will certainly score points toward the LEED certification that the builder plans to apply for.
The Healthy Home 2010 kitchen is equipped with Energy Star and Water Sense certified fixtures and appliances, including a Miele induction range and separate steam oven, which are great alternatives to the use of gas-powered and microwave cooking methods. All of the locally made Holiday Kitchen cabinets use low-VOC paints or stains, and have no added urea-formaldehyde. The countertops throughout the house are Cambria quartz, which are GreenGuard certified. No green kitchen is complete without vermicomposting, so on the day of our visit the Urban Worm Girl, was on-site to teach others how to easily set up their own worm bins using the organic waste from healthy cooking.