Last week shared some great news regarding the rapidly growing going green movement for sustainability and this week we will focus on how to create the perfect home for perfect health.
When you stop and think about sustainability one of the most important considerations that most people give inadequate consideration to is the blueprint and location for the perfect home.
Almost everything else in your life regarding sustainability will be affected by this key decision. With the money and time you will invest in one of the most important decisions of your life it is essential to do your due diligence and research to create the perfect home for perfect health.
The Gifts In Planning
Unfortunately one of the main life lessons many people learn the hard way is “People don’t plan to fail they just fail to plan”. In different countries the standards vary greatly and it is essential to develop a 100 year plan to help insure the best strategy and structure for you and your families’ long term happiness.
Many people today are very short sided in their thinking and as a result put one of their largest assets at considerable risk. Just look at people in Florida, Galveston and New Orleans who have suffered major emotional and financial loss dealing with flooding and wind damage from hurricanes.
Think of the short and long term factors that will determine the quality of your enjoyment and security of the investment in your home.
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- Design (aesthetic, air circulation, appealing, blends with surrounding, energy efficient, Feng Shui, functional, density and height guidelines, landscape, living space, natural, sun exposure, storage, sustainability.)
- Construction (aesthetics, environmental impact, experience, foundation, land/ soil, techniques.)
- Materials (availability, composition, durability, fire resistance, health hazards, insect/ rodent proof, insulation, natural to region, original source, pipes, quality, recycled, sustainability, low VOC)
- Labor (craftsmanship, knowledge, materials, quality, skills, wages,)
- Location (antiquities, community, country/ state, education/ schools, deed restrictions, environmental factors, flood zones, legal aspects, natural disasters, neighbors, ownership/ titling, population density, prior land usage, rainfall, security, weather)
- Decisions on cost of living, employment, financial investment and ongoing value system (cash versus financing which impacts past, present and future value, community fees, food, property, taxes)
- Importance of choosing energy efficient and green: appliances, bedding, clothing, decorations, electronics, fabrics, fixtures, floorings, furnishings, furniture, lighting and wiring.
- Utilities/ Services (Electricity, internet, power, roads, telephone, trash, water)
- Energy resources (batteries, electric, gas, geothermal, hydroelectric, oil, solar, tidal, wind, wood)
- Health hazards and other considerations (air quality, cleaning products, EMF factors, healthcare access, local industries, land/ soil/ water quality, molds/ fungus, noise)
- Property Cleaning and Maintenance (cost and ease of maintaining exterior, interior, landscaping, garden, trees)
- Transportation accessibility (airport, buses, cars, ferries, lakes, rivers, roads, ships, trains)
- Water (quality, source and supply system) and Waste Water (septic/ treatment), Rainfall collection and storage.
While this list is fairly lengthy there are always additional areas for analysis and research to insure you have covered the key factors that will influence your home and life for years to come. While you can also make updates and upgrades in the future is important to get as many things done optimally the first time to reduce the energy, money and time required for remodeling or repairing it later.
For many people now might be a great time to remodel since new features, sales and tax credits can produce significant improvements and savings quickly. Enjoy the excitement and fun of creating, planning and living in your perfect home for perfect health.
Mastery Action Plan
What does the perfect home look like? Starting with the perfect home blue print will help you begin the process of creating the perfect home.
- One of the best resources for construction and design education and ongoing guidance comes from The Healthy Building Environmental Learning Center.
- Also, Gaia Education has cutting edge information on sustainability and you can learn from experts about the best research and development centers regarding reduced carbon lifestyles!
- Global Ecovillage Network is another great resource with a list of projects around the world to inspire and motivate you with amazing examples of what is possible. When you visit the website be sure to check out the informative video on the Cloughjordan Eco Village in Ireland. It highlights the process of transforming a declining town into an inspiring ecovillage.
- It has been posted before and important to continue sharing with millions The Story of Stuff is an absolutely must watch documentary to help put things in better perspective regarding how our actions and decisions impact the global environment.
Our next blog post will share: Fungus and Mold Attacks