A Guide to Creating a Healthy Home
This website will guide you through the creation, renovation or redecoration of a chemical-free, VOC-free, mold-free house suitable for the environmentally sensitive.
I look at materials that apply to conventional houses, as well as unconventional homes like earthen houses, cabins and tiny houses.
I also look at trailers, campers, RVs and simple or emergency shelters.
This is a living guide – all posts are kept up to date as much as possible. I add new information and update links every day.
Corinne Segura is the main author of the site.
I have Certifications in Building Biology (Practitioner/Advocate), Healthy Materials and Sustainable Buildings, and Moisture Intrusion Inspection. I’ve also taken many courses on construction. More about me and the full list of all of my education credentials are here.
When I don’t possess enough expertise for an article I bring in expert reviewers or consult with an expert:
Luke Skaff, holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from Old Dominion University. His work experience includes electrical hardware design, and aviation fuel design/specifying. He has broad technical knowledge in circuit design, controls engineering, industrial controls, automotive systems, HVAC, air filtration, appliances, and lighting technologies.
He helped write the articles on Air Purifiers, Heating Equipment, ERV Air Exchanger, and Cleaning Mold from a Car.
Carl Grimes, HHS CIEC. Carl has a long history working in the Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) field. He has been involved in changing regulations for healthy buildings and mold standards. He serves on the board of many indoor air quality institutions, teaches courses, and is currently the Managing Director at Hayward Healthy Home.
Carl contributed to the post on Mitigating Offgassing and the post on Insulating Vans and Cargo trailers.
Dr. Lyle Burgoon a trained Regulatory Toxicologist (PhD) is the President and CEO of Raptor Pharm and Tox where he provides scientific and litigation support services to clients on the topics of drug and chemical toxicology, biostatistics, and scientific integrity investigations. He previously worked for the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center.
He contributed to the articles on Depression Glass and Uranium Glass.
Tim David, HVAC professional with 30+ years of experience. He has held various jobs in the HVAC industry over his 30 year career. Now retired, he does home and commercial work on the side while teaching the next generation the craft.
He reviewed the article on Ozone.
Andrew Miles, Master Plumber, 30+ years licensed plumber currently working for HUB Plumbing and Mechanical, one of NYC’s largest plumbing companies. Andrew has been registered as a licensed plumber since 1987. He has specialties in installing whole house and under-the-counter water filtration systems.
He reviewed the article on Pipes.
Dr. Bryan Quoc Le, PhD, food scientist, food industry consultant and author of 150 Food Science Questions Answered. He received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he studied the flavor chemistry of onions.
He contributed to the post on Onions Neutralizing VOCs.
Dr. Lakshmi Manjunath, Board Certified Toxicologist, is American board-certified (DABT) and a European Registered Toxicologist with more than 12 years of experience working in the pharma, cosmetic and medical device industries.
He wrote the toxicology sections in the article on Paint Thinners.
Nimisha Suraj, Food Safety & Hygiene Consultant/Auditor, with 7+ years of experience in the food industry. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Biotechnology Engineering and a Master’s degree in Food Bioscience from Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland.
She reviewed and fact-checked the information for the articles on Food Grade Paint and Food Grade Coatings.
Dr. Sabrina Kong, is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, from the Royal Veterinary College in England. She has been working at a small animal clinic in Northern California since.
She contributed to and reviewed the article on Safe Paints for a Rabbit Hutch.
Dr. Samuel G. Mwaura, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, and surgeon for small animals (pets and exotic animals). He is practicing veterinary medicine and surgery at an animal hospital as well as house calls. He is also a consultant on animal health, nutrition, and welfare.
He contributed to and reviewed the articles on Safe Paints for a Chicken Coop and Safe Paints for Reptile Enclosures.
Quinlin Johnson has been my amazing editor for several years. He’s a master at finding my errors.
What Information is Deemed Credible and Used to Inform the Research:
- Building Biology Institute official educational materials
- Material Safety Data and Technical Data Sheets
- Information from the manufacturers
- Environmental organizations eg. EWG, Pharos, David Suzuki
- Patents related to the product
- Respected green building sites like Green Building Adviser, Fine Home Building, and 475
- Experience: Reactions and tolerance of specific brands gathered from thousands of chemically sensitive folks
- My own testing to compare offgassing levels of different brands
- Educational material from Cheryl Ciecko, Architect who specializes in mold prevention
- Books on healthy home building, materials composition, and chemistry (not self-published)
How Affiliate Links are Used
Over the years more companies that I have talked about in the blog have created affiliate programs to link to them, so over time, the blog has more links.
More and more products are now available on Amazon as well, which is the preferred supplier for many people in the US.
The blog is research-heavy and compared to other blogs and competitors, I make it a priority to provide information first. This means all of the best [thing I’m reviewing] will be included whether they have an affiliate program or not.
None of the posts are sponsored and I have not allowed paid guest posts nor paid links on the site.
The blog focuses primarily on products available in the US and Canada.
Corinne Segura of My Chemical-Free House Consulting, is the site owner and business owner.
The business that runs the website and consulting is “My Chemical-Free House Consulting” which is registered in BC, Canada.
- Business address: 1138 View Street, Unit 415, Victoria BC, V8V 3M1
- Business phone number: (778) 725-9464
- Email address: c[email protected] or [email protected]
Do not send product samples to this business address. My mailing address is different from the business address.
The phone number is not for consulting or advice related to healthy homes. If you have a question please leave a comment on the most related blog post.