There are a broad number of environmental factors in your living space that negatively affect your body and your health. Unfortunately, standard building materials and techniques can be very bad for you, but still legal to use.
Take the simple example of lead paint:
From the 1920’s all the way through the late 1970’s, lead paint was not only regularly used in home construction, it was encouraged by the federal government, citing it as the “best choice for house owners," because it was washable and added to the durability of the paint. In 1949, public health investigators first discovered that children were getting lead poisoning from lead paint in the home. It then took another 29 years before lead was banned from paint. During that time, millions of homes continued to be built and remodeled with the use of lead paint1
Unfortunately, there are many, many more cases like this, and even more to be discovered in the future. The fact is that many “standard” building materials and building practices used today are still highly toxic. You can’t rely entirely on government to regulate toxicity out of your home. The only way to protect your family is the educate yourself and make your own informed decisions about what to do.
Luckily, there is a lot on this website to help you. In fact, there is an entire science dedicated to building a healthy home called “Building Biology.” It first started in Germany in 1969 with the founding of the IBN (http://www.baubiologie.de/site/english.php), and was later brought to the United States in 1987 (http://hbelc.org/about/our-founder.html). This science was formed, among other things, to study the effects of environmental toxins in your home and how to minimize them.
Whether you’re building a home from the ground up, or simply interested in remodeling, check out the articles and resources on this site to learn how to create the healthiest living environment for you and your family.