Consulting & Contact


I am a certified Building Biologist available for consulting for those wishing to build, renovate or redecorate a non-toxic home.

Some areas I can assist you with:
  • Choosing zero-VOC materials for a new build or renovation
  • Selecting non-toxic materials best suited to a tiny house
  • Discussing common trouble areas and mistakes made in the build of tiny homes
  • Sourcing special order zero-VOC materials 
  • Remediating a home that is toxic or scented
  • Selecting, renovating or custom building a less toxic RV, trailer or camper
  • For those wishing to go GreenGuard Gold, selecting conventionally priced materials that are very low in emissions
  • Working with you and your builder by providing ongoing materials selection and sourcing support throughout your build
  • Tips for building a mold-free home
  • Experience with which materials tend to work best for the most sensitive individuals
  • Selecting non-toxic furniture, decor, bedding and other household items
  • Research into the toxicity profile of specific items or materials you are interested in using
  • Choosing the right water filter for your home
  • Support for those embarking on mould avoidance (both housing challenges and avoidance protocols)
Consultations can be done via phone or email. The rate is $60 USD per hour. There is a 30-minute minimum for phone consultations. My main expertise lies in materials available in the US and Canada but I am now branching out to include Europe and Latin America.

Due to the complex and unique nature of the research behind my work, I can sadly cannot offer complimentary advice via email. If you would like to ask a question you can purchase an email consultation starting at $15.

Feel free to email me at corinnesegura[at]gmail.com

All the Best,
Corinne Segura
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31 comments:

  1. Hey,

    Love your blog. Great job on your house! Not sure which color is accurate but the floor looks perfect in the first one.

    Reclaim materials whether inner city, or rural are a source of great looking, non-toxic, and most times free materials like wood and brick.

    I think vitamin E helps eliminate allergies. I'm taking it for a tree allergy. I get indoor allergies, too. Dust is the worse for me; and I hate vacuuming so I want a small house.

    Calbensoap (.com) is great. I use a gallon per year ($22) for kitchen (washing produce) and bath (body/shampoo). I went out of town for a while, and about thirty ants had crawled into the soap dispenser. It's so natural that they wanted to eat it!

    Thanks for making a blog on your house project. Cheers from Florida.

    -Scroll

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  2. Hello! I am currently in the market for a new home at the beach, and have come across endless issues with the cabinet material and paint used in the homes. There is one house I am currently looking at, but before making a decision I need to understand the VOC details and how long the smell may take to dissipate. Are you able to help me learn more about the questions below?

    - Cabinets are Showplace Cabinetry, need to know the amount of VOC's emitted by urethane

    - Paint is Speedhide pro EV interior flat (code 12-1 10). Need to know how long it takes for this paint to off gas VOC's

    - Cabinet doors are made with an oven baked topcoat of catalyzed varnish, need to know how long it takes urethane and a catalyzed varnish to off gas the VOC's.

    Thank you!

    Christina

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    1. urethane offgasses quickly. Paint varies I don't know the timeframe for that one and everyone has a difference level of how long they think it takes. You could ask the question to one of the MCS groups on Fb and see what people's general responses are. It's the cabinets themselves that will take the longest to offgass if they are made from particle board.

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    2. might want to consider using wax or oil for preserving the wood. LInseed oil maybe, and also floor wax. Can't remember the names at the moment.

      Be higher maintanence, but would be an option.

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  3. Hi,

    Love your blog, envy you your life!

    I'm trying to make the move to a chemical free tiny house on some family land in Sechelt, I'm just not sure of the laws concerning living in a tiny house there. Do you know anything about that?

    C.A.

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    1. Check the zoning on that land, do they allow mobile homes and second dwellings? Ask the people around there, if they don't allow mobile homes, does anyone check? On Saltpsring for example the authorities check with google earth. Can it pass as a trailer trailer that's just parked?

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  4. did you ever sell your travel trailer?

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    1. Hi, I'm keeping the travel trailer for my use

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  5. Hi, We have a refitted fiberglass casita with a shower/toilet stall. We recently had a leak and are removing the double layer of reflectix insulation we had taped directly on the fiberglass walls and ceiling and under the aluminum tread floor. We want to avoid condensation as much as possible. Do you have any suggestions? Do you have another suggestion for insulation, or if we should again apply it to the floor and behind the bathroom module? Or just on the walls and ceiling? Any ideas are greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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  6. Corrine---I think it's time for the first book in your series on clean and healthy building...
    Ed

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  7. Hello, Could you please post your email? I'd love to contact you about your experience with various insulation but my computer is funky with outlook. Thanks so much I'd appreciate it.

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    1. Hi, it is corinnesegura@gmail.com

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  8. Hi. Just wanted to say thank you so much for sharing your experiences - so immensely helpful and deeply appreciated. In addition to what you have posted about, I thought I would share that I'm using metal siding and roofing on my little (stationary) 12' x 12' cabin, and p2000 insulation. The metal I know will be ok, the p2000 isn't perfect smell-wise, but I think it will be ok. I will find out. I'm going to install it temporarily, without putting anything else on the walls, so if it is a problem, I will know pretty quickly.

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    1. Yeah that is not a bad insulation. I ended up using ridged foam myself.

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  9. I bought the recommended grout listedon your site under bathroom remodel and there is a tiny sentence saying "Warning: This product contains one or more chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer.

    Is that not a concern?

    thanks!

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    1. Thanks for the question, I have emailed you. This is due to the silica dust which is in sanded grouts. It is only a problem if you inhale the dust. Once it is wet and when it is set it is not a problem. Silica is the same material glass is made of so it is extremely safe once it is not in dust form. Take extreme care with a gas mask when handling the powder. I will add that to the post on grout.

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  10. Hi Corinne,
    Thanks so much for all the info!
    Currently building a tiny house on a trailer and I have a few questions...
    Do you know of any MgO suppliers in the Northeast?
    What did you use for roof underlayment? "Water and Ice" tar paper? Anything less toxic?
    And how about for house wrap?
    Happy to pay for a little consulting time, if these are questions you might have thoughts on. Thank you!!
    -Tory

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    1. Hi, Shoot me an email at corinnesegura@gmail.com and we can go over it!

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  11. I noticed that the one link you have to non-toxic housing is broken on your site as well as many others. Is there a way to let people know about a house we are selling that we built from the ground up with MCS and EMS in mind? My husband has recovered and we are selling that house in New Mexico. My email is christyanndammen@gmail.com.

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    1. Hi Christy and Dammen, I saw your post on some of the Facebook groups and I think that is a good idea for where to post it. I don't tend to post places for sale but I do have it in mind in case I meet anyone that wants to buy.

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    1. Hi Laura, I appreciate that you want to let people know that Castile Flooring in Texas has really been negligent and completely devastated your health. Please post this on flooring forums and possibly start a blog to post this on. I don't think my consulting page is the best place for this because I think people might construe this as my consulting lead you to this company, or that I was involved in this process. Thanks, Corinne

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    2. Also Google reviews and Better Business Bureau would be good. But something searchable I agree would be good.

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  13. I'm researching 'safe' environments for moldies right now (=severe reactors). If we would build a safe, tiny home and a severe reactor would use it and detox while living in it, how would we decontaminate this home to ensure it's safe for the next severe reactor when moving in? If you don't know, do you know an expert who could answer this question? Thanks in advance.

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    1. Anyone coming there would have to come without any of their belongings. Then the only way they could contaminate the space is through their sweat. So you may need to replace the sleeping mat for each person. If it's a metal house you can also ozone it. But fabric doesn't do well with ozone so likely all bedding and cushions should be replaced.

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  14. corinne, this is dr. dan, can i get the architectural design for the tiny home?

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    1. Hi Dr Dan, I used the Leaf House plans but if you look at their model you will see how much I rearranged. Their plans were very good in that they have a lot of detail and were much more than just a floor plan. The parts that stayed the same were the size including the roof pitch, the landing and loft, and two of the windows. I have not actually drawn up plans for this one. We just did it as we went along. Perhaps I can make some measurement for you if you are wanting my layout. Let me know which measurements you would like (no one has asked for this yet!) corinnesegura@gmail.com

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  15. The metal tiny home. I've been looking into the Volstrukt, as well as using SIPS (metal, EPS, Metal) and using a copper mesh in the interior to minimize the internal EMF amplification. All metal tiny homes are pretty bad with EMF, unless you do these EMF modifications,. . . what did you do for the metal home to reduce the internal EMF amplication? Dr. Dan

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    1. In terms of minimizing the internal amplification, I'm not sure what can be done. Most of my clients do well with metal once they are totally out of mould, but I'm sure that is not everyone (so I like people to test out a metal home first). I'm not an expert on EMFs, but I believe a copper mesh is also a EMF shield which would also contribute to the Faraday Cage effect just like the metal walls would.

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