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UNDERSTATED ELEGANCE

UNDERSTATED ELEGANCE

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    The Illinois home was built as an interactive and educational model focusing on healthy indoor environments.

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    The home’s open floor plan provides plenty of opportunities for family engagement.

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    Cabinetry in the kitchen and bathrooms features low-VOC finishes, has no added urea formaldehyde, and was manufactured locally. The induction cooktop was chosen as an alternative to gas.

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    The custom fireplace mantel is made from reclaimed locally harvested black walnut with FSC-certified core material and a natural lacquer finish derived from tree sap.

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    All bedding is made from organic cotton, hemp, and silk. Furniture features low-VOC or water-based paints or finishes with no added urea formaldehyde.

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    The nursery’s furniture is Greenguard certified and made from 100% certified woods and biodegradable fabrics or recycled materials.

Healthy Home 2010, Palatine, Ill.
Builder: Dior Builders Inc., Palatine
Architect: Krupp Associates Architects PC, Wheaton, Ill.
Interior Designer: Susan Fredman Design Group, Chicago
Size: 5,950 square feet
Cost: $151 per square foot
Certifications: Energy Star, American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest Health House

 
The traditionally beautiful Healthy Home raises the bar on sustainable design by zeroing in on an ultra-healthy indoor environment. Products and finishes chosen for their contribution to healthy indoor air include sustainably harvested white oak flooring with a low-VOC stain and Greenguard-certified topcoats, Shaw Green Label Plus carpeting, no-VOC paints and coatings, and Greenguard-certified Cambria quartz countertops.

To make sure the air stays as clean as possible, the HVAC system includes a hospital-grade HEPA filter and a Honeywell ERV and humidifier.  Free-standing Rabbit Air HEPA filters are placed throughout the home.

Other sustainable features include:
--Pella Architect Series advanced low-E insulating glass with argon
--Bonded Logic UltraTouch denim insulation made from 90% post-consumer recycled natural fibers
--FSC-certified Masonite Safe ‘N Sound Emerald interior doors made from rapidly renewable and pre-consumer recycled content with no added urea formaldehyde
--WaterSense-certified showerheads and toilets

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