Prescriptions for A Healthy House

Prescriptions for A Healthy House

A Practical Guide for Architects, Builders & Homeowners

Book - 2008
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Although there is nothing complicated about constructing healthier homes, building for health is still not standard practice, and in fact there are many aspects of conventional home construction that are detrimental to human well-being.

From foundation to rooftop, to home care and repair, Prescriptions for a Healthy House takes the mystery out of healthy-house building, renovation, and maintenance by walking the owner/architect/builder team through the entire construction process. Chapters include:

  • Frame construction alternatives
  • Thermal and moisture control
  • Flooring and finishes
  • Furnishings

The authors—an architect, medical doctor, and restoration consultant—bring a singular combination of expertise and perspectives to this book. The result—now in its third completely updated edition—is a unique guide to creating healthy indoor and outdoor spaces, including many new resources, as well as specialized knowledge from several nationally recognized experts in the field of building biology.

This unique guide will appeal to architects, designers, contractors, medical professionals, and homeowners.

Paula Baker-Laporte is the principal architect and founder of Baker-Laporte & Associates and EcoNest Design. John Banta is a senior indoor environmental consultant for Restorations Consultants, Inc. Erica Elliott, MD is a medical doctor specializing in environmental medicine and family practice.

The Healthy House bible revised, updated and expanded, including contributions from leading North American building biologists.

Book News
The major problems are that building for health is not the current standard of the construction industry, that homeowners get false information, that there is a dearth of concise information available, and that no quality control measures are in place even if healthy materials and practices are specified. Architect Baker-Laporte; indoor environmental consultant John C. Banta; and Erica Elliot, a medical doctor specializing in environmental medicine and family practice walk owners, architect, and builder teams through the construction process, pointing out where and why standard building practices are not healthful, what to do differently, and how to obtain alternative materials and expertise. The first edition is said to have been published nine years ago. Distributed in the US by Consortium Books Sales and Distribution. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Gabriola Island, B.C. : New Society Publishers, c2008
Edition: 3rd rev. ed
ISBN: 9780865716049
Branch Call Number: 696 BAK
Characteristics: xxiii, 327 p. :,ill. ;,23 cm.
Additional Contributors: Elliott, Erica 1948-
Banta, John 1955-
Alternative Title: Healthy house


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