My Work as a Healthy Building and Interiors Consultant
The healthy home environment has been my biggest passion and professional field since 1989. (see Mary Cordaros’s bio and CV)
I love consulting one-on-one to homeowners, tenants, parents and soon-to-be parents, the environmentally and chemically sensitive, builders, architects, and commercial building owners.
Many of my clients call me because they’ve tried to struggle on their own and they realize there is just too much information to sort through. They need assistance with identifying and solving possible contaminant problems in their existing homes. They often call me when they’ve exhausted all other possible solutions. Or, they want to build, remodel or make simple changes to their homes and they know I am up on the healthiest (beyond green) building and remodeling materials and products, as well as EMF avoidance, and the healthiest approaches to heating/cooling/ventilation, and air and water filtration.
Now, I am very excited to share my many years of experience and expertise as a healthy building and interiors consultant with you.
Why it matters
Everyone deserves and needs a healthy home. Here’s why:
- Most of us spend over 90% indoors, and 1/3 of our lives is spent sleeping when our body does the lion’s share of detoxing and regenerating. If we make our homes, particularly the bedrooms, as healthy as possible, our bodies are better able to deal with the toxins in our everyday worlds that we can’t control.
- Everyone has a “body burden” of toxins. There is a wealth of real scientific data on the connection between the environment and human health. But the good news is that our bodies can heal and detox, if given the chance. Besides living a healthy lifestyle and eating a healthy diet, if we reduce our exposures to toxins in our home environments, we give our bodies a chance to avoid or reduce the likelihood of allergies, asthma and serious illnesses such as cancer.
Babies and Children
A safe home is essential for babies and children.
- Pregnant women and the developing fetus are most vulnerable. Everything that the mother takes into her body when she inhales, ingests or puts products on her skin may affect the developing fetus. In fact, as Sandra Steingraber, famous environmental scientist says: the developing fetus should be the benchmark for health.
- Small children get higher exposures than adults: Pound per pound, the small child gets exposures that are much higher than adults. They also live much closer to the floor, where many contaminants settle and are more highly concentrated. Children are much more vulnerable to toxins because they’re bodies’ systems are still developing.
My Holistic Approach
In this blog, as in my consulting practice, I integrate several fields into a holistic approach to the healthy home, from building and interior materials to EMFs, to Building Science, proper ventilation and mold and moisture avoidance. I’ll even give you tips on hunting down truly healthy products for babies and children. I communicate directly with manufactures’ technical departments on ingredients in building materials. And I work with the strictest standards of health for homes, from the German field of Bau-Biologie.
As you read my blog articles, you’ll see there are many topics and subtopics under a very big healthy home umbrella. Each topic is a vast, technical field unto itself, including mold and moisture, EMFs, building and interior materials, water, heating, air conditioning and ventilation, and building science.
I found out long ago, that it’s impossible for one person to stay up to speed in every field, yet it’s critical that I am up to date on all the areas of expertise and how all the areas overlap. That’s why I work with, and often direct, a team of world-class, highly experienced, specialists. Our team is not only vetted, but also the only one of it’s kind in the country. What I do for you, my clients and readers, is to integrate the team’s specialized, highly technical information and make it readily understandable. This way, you don’t have to search through a maze of complex data yourself, and then try to figure out how it all fits together. So while my own specialization is building and interior materials, I have studied all the related fields, and put all the pieces together for my clients.
So please enjoy and take advantage of the wealth of information and practical advice in this blog. In the coming weeks and months, you’ll have a solid foundation for the green and healthy home you and your family deserve.