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Every Breath You Take

by Patricia Gaylor

Last year I wrote about the ReVISION House™ in Las Vegas and how a tight building envelope can create some indoor air quality issues if the proper materials aren’t selected. And as time goes on, I’m happy to say it’s getting a lot easier to select furniture and products that meet the criteria for good IAQ.
Both the VISION House™ and the ReVISION House™ in Orlando this year are again designed with good indoor air quality in mind. Here are some great interior features that promise a clean, healthy (and gorgeous!) interior design:
MOHAWK, a frontrunner in sustainable choices in flooring, leads the way with an amazing engineered wood floor that’s green on many levels. We’re using a vintage hickory wide plank floor in the VISION house that’s actually salvaged from old buildings, so there’s no virgin lumber used on the surface. It’s engineered as well, so the amount of salvaged wood used goes even further. It’s bonded to a no-added-urea formaldehyde substrate called PURE BOND that doesn’t off-gas any toxins. Not only is it a super green product, but it really looks great in our urban farmhouse. It has an aged appearance with a nice patina, so it looks like an existing floor in a New York City loft or factory building…very cool!
The ReVISION House is a deep green retrofit of an existing home. It has the same tight building envelope as the newly constructed VISION HOUSE, due to the foam insulation from HONEYWELL, as well as the gorgeous stone look façade from SURETOUCH that increases the R value on the exterior by virtue of its ingenious foam panel installation.
The interior design of this home is a calm and uncluttered NAPA STYLE, with simple lines and much less of the “Tuscan Villa” look so popular in years past. The flooring is ceramic tile throughout the main areas. Easy to maintain and keep clean, tile harbors no dust mites which can trigger an asthma attack in some individuals. Many of the choices I made from an incredible array of ITALIAN TILE have green attributes. For example, the faux wood planking tile from EMIL that is being installed in the breakfast room is manufactured using no harmful chemicals or heavy metals, and emits no VOC’s. In the laundry room, I’m using a thin tile from EMIL called GREEN LITE that’s about half the thickness of regular tile, and can be installed OVER existing tile that would normally have to be demolished and wind up in a landfill. All of these tiles are being installed with adhesive and grout from MAPEI, which are low VOC.
The bedroom furniture from STANLEY’S YOUNG AMERICA collection has recently been awarded GREENGUARD certification. When purchasing furniture for infants and young children, not many parents consider what goes into the manufacture of the furniture they select. Did you ever buy a piece of furniture and get it home, only to discover that when you opened a drawer, there was an unpleasant odor of paint or varnish? Not only can this odor be unpleasant, it could harm you. Growing immune systems in young children, or kids with compromised immune systems shouldn’t be exposed to any materials that can possibly trigger an adverse reaction. Stanley’s Young America furniture collection has dozens of GREENGUARD certified pieces to choose from in wonderful colors and finishes. Stylish and affordable, this furniture is not only healthy, but you can add pieces later so it can grow with your child through the years. It’s made in America and built to last. I’m using pieces from the MY HAVEN collection.


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Patricia Gaylor has practiced as an interior designer in the Northeast for more than two decades. Here, an abundance of older homes in need of complete renovations requiring the removal of everything, from dated appliances to cabinetry, prompted Pat to ponder the question: “What happens to all this stuff after it’s ripped out?” Pat’s passion for green design continues to be fueled by this question.

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