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Home Sweet Home
DESIGNER SHOWCASE TOUTS HEALTHY INDOOR ENVIRONMENTS FOR KIDS/
OUR NATION IS currently facing an unprece-
dented rise in chronic diseases, as more than 125 million Americans—predominantly children— develop illnesses such as asthma, autism, cancer and ADHD, to name some of the more common afflictions. According to many researchers, evidence increasingly points to environmental hazards and household chemicals as causing and contributing to many of these diseases. In response, the Healthy Child Healthy World (HCHW) organization has stepped in to advocate for and protect children’s health by helping to create cleaner, healthier indoor environments for children and their families. Now, in a groundbreaking partnership with industry leaders in green design, HCHW is creating a real-life, interactive model for healthier living with the Healthy Home 2010 Designer Showcase and Tour in the Chicago suburb of Palatine, Ill. Opening to the public in late September, the cuttingedge home will raise the bar on sustainable design by bridging the gap between traditional green building and healthy interiors. A concern with “green” buildings is that while making homes more airtight and energy efficient has certainly reduced energy consumption, it can also increase health risks—especially for young children, who breathe more air per pound of body weight, spend more time in lower breathing zones which are often more contaminated, and are uniquely vulnerable due to their developing bodies.
“Healthy Home 2010 ... will emphasize, first and foremost, the importance of human health. Homeowners will be empowered to promote well-being for their families, which will inherently benefit the environment as well.”
—Jill Salisbury, el: Environmental Language, Industry Partner of ASID
Healthy Home 2010 will be the ﬁrst of its kind to implement a new interior design protocol developed by an Interiors Advisory Board (IAB) of sustainable design industry leaders, including several ASID members. In addition to vetting all materials, furnishings and products under consideration by the building and design team for inclusion in the home, the IAB will establish Healthy Interiors Guidelines, which will be used to direct the design process while also setting a series of standards promoting non-toxic, healthier homes. “We believe Healthy Home 2010 will be the new benchmark in residential sustainable living,” says Christopher Gavigan, HCHW executive director and CEO. “The new design protocol, established by leaders in the building and design industry, will be a ﬁrst-step in implementing a cohesive approach to sustainable exterior and interior design.” Healthy Home 2010 will be the first house in the U.S. to incorporate elements of the Greenguard Environmental Institute’s Indoor Environmental
Quality (IEQ) Management Plan for Residential Construction, a system for creating—from the ground up—buildings that contribute to healthier indoor air. It is anticipated that the home will also qualify for the LEED for Homes certiﬁcation, thanks to a wealth of sustainable design feature both inside and outside the home. The home will feature energy efficient products, innovative technologies, green building materials, and furniture and accessories that will help foster a healthful living environment and showcase some of the highest standards of environmental integrity. “Healthy Home 2010 and all other Healthy Homes to follow will emphasize, ﬁrst and foremost, the importance of human health, says Jill Salisbury, founder of el: Environmental Language, Industry Partner of ASID. “By embracing the Healthy Interiors Guidelines, homeowners will be empowered to promote well-being for their families, which will inherently beneﬁt the environment as well.” i
For more information on the show house, visit www.healthyhome2010.com or www.healthychild.org.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of ASID Icon - September/October 2010
ASID Icon - September/October 2010
Making Their Mark
A Year of Ups and Downs
Design For Life
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