Often times, home builders and contractors are more concerned with low costs instead of building a nontoxic home. The result? Poor building materials that can lead to major health issues years down the road.
Andy Pace is a nationally recognized expert in green and nontoxic home building. He is truly a wealth of knowledge when it comes to choosing building materials that are safe for you and your family to live in many years down the road. I had the opportunity to work with Andy when I was building my own home and I’m excited for you to get a taste of some of the eye-opening information I have learned from him.
In this discussion, we chat about what a human healthy home is, how to avoid huge home contaminators, and high impact priorities you can focus on to start building a nontoxic home today.
3:13 How a terrifying experience with a water-based primer changed Andy’s family business
8:10 The problem with conventional building materials that are in most homes today
11:35 Why some contractors struggle with using green products
14:09 The worst offenders in your home that contribute to 90% of toxicity issues
18:48 Understanding the risks associated with formaldehyde and VOCs
24:07 A personalized approach to building a nontoxic home
27:43 Why a green or LEED building isn’t necessarily safe for you
30:11 The differences between “human healthy”, “environmentally friendly” and “sustainable”
33:45 Comparing the cost of a nontoxic home and a conventional home
37:59 High impact priorities to focus on when building a home
41:30 Why having clear communication in your home building project is critical
45:22 Andy’s best flooring recommendations for your home
48:54 Why some products don’t make Andy’s cut
52:33 Easy changes you can make today to create a nontoxic home
Andrew Pace is the founder and owner of the GDC/Building For Health® in Waukesha, WI. He launched the company in 1992 and is now the premiere retailer of green and healthy home building and improvement products and consulting in the US.
Pace has become a nationally recognized expert on green and healthy building products. Along with being profiled in numerous publications, Pace has authored several articles about the construction of healthy homes, which have been published in regional and national magazines, and has successfully assisted over 25,000 homeowners with their home remodeling and new home construction projects.
Pace is a past board member of the USGBC-WI Affiliate and is a two-time president of the Construction Specifications Institute-Milwaukee Chapter and a current board member of the International Institute of Building Biology and Ecology.
Andrew produces a weekly podcast called Non Toxic Environments, where he discusses all aspects of healthy, sustainable building practices.
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