Excellent indoor air quality is not the only aspect of a healthy house. The quality of our drinking water is just as critical. Tap water can be contaminated with toxic chemicals, radioactive hazards and infectious agents, along with medications and other personal care products whose health impacts are only now just being realized.
Water purification is an "extra" in new home construction, and will typically not be included unless you specifically request water testing and purification.
A whole house purification system will remove contaminants at your water source's " point of entry" to the home, which provides the most protection. The same contaminants that you do not want to drink from your kitchen tap are those that you do not want "aerosolized" by your showerhead for easy inhalation, or absorbed into your skin, as you shower or bathe.
Of the three types of whole house filtration methods - reverse osmosis, distillation and filtration - my research tells me that filtration is the most effective and most energy efficient match for municipal water, particularly if it utilizes solid block carbon filters.
Check your local municipal water report to identify which contaminants are most important to filter. Use a search engine to locate the report, or check your town's website under Public Works. Well water users will need their own water analysis, and may require a different approach to meet their specific needs.
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Thoreau's Cabin - On Walden Pond
"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately. To front only the essential facts of life and see if I could not learn what it had to teach and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived." - Henry David Thoreau
Design Excellence = Old + New
THE CONCORD GREEN HEALTHY HOME harnesses the best of old and new building principles. Like our ancestors, we respected the position of the warming sun, cooling breeze and shady trees. Better than the past, we super-insulated to retain comfortable indoor temps and minimize energy use. The home is rooted in classical architecture, but was panelized off-site to cut waste and protect materials from weather, thus reducing chance of rot and mold.
A big thanks to the design team members, who were open to the rather frightening idea of having two sets of architects for THE CONCORD GREEN HEALTHY HOME: ZeroEnergy Design, green architects/mechanical designers, and Connor Homes, creators of reproduction "New Old Homes". This project would not be possible without Aedi Construction, our resourceful healthy home builder.
To Sam, my rock. Thank you for your love, your steadfast support, your ability to make me laugh no matter what, and your patience with my "canary" ways. Without you, none of this work would be possible.