Healthy home design is where your healthy lifestyle and your love for protecting the planet meet. This podcast will help prepare you for your upcoming home renovation / addition or your new home build. It'll help guide you through the process of creating a home that'll enhance the health and happiness of your family, of all people on this earth, and of the earth itself.
Join licensed architect, Kate Hamblet as she dives into healthy home design topics such as sustainable design, reducing household toxins, creating a natural home, how to tackle the home planning process, and designing a functional and comfortable home.
When you live in a home designed for health and wellness, you're living in a home that allows you to easily prioritize self-care, that creates a better sleep environment, that boosts your immune system, that energizes you, that helps create more quality time with your family, that promotes happiness, and that protects the planet and all people on it.
A healthy home nourishes your body, your mind and the earth.
047 // How can the lighting in your house affect your sleep AND your health? Interview with Greg Yeutter, founder of Restful.
And we're back!
Today's podcast episode is an interview I had with Greg Yeutter from Restful, the company that created the Bedtime Bulb. We're diving into all things sleep, lighting, and circadian rhythms.
What you'll discover:
Why is sleep so important, and how can your living space influence your sleep? What are circadian rhythms? What is blue light? Do blue light blocking glasses really work? What kind of light do we need for better sleep and how do we get it?
046 // The Best Insulation For Your Home with Andrew Legge of Havelock Wool
Andrew is founder and managing partner of Havelock Wool. He has a passion for all things New Zealand, where the company procures its wool, that is mirrored by a desire to affect positive change in the built environment. He has lived and traveled around the world and seeks to leverage those experiences in bringing a biophilic, best practice to an industry known to contribute excessive waste to our world.
What You'll Discover:
How does sheep wool insulation work? Is it a healthy choice for your home? Is it good for the environment? How much does it cost? Is it easy to install? Plus a lot more! Helpful Links:
045 // All About Indoor Air Quality with Jay Watts from AFM Safecoat
We have a special guest interview today, from a company I love to recommend, but first I have a quick, fun announcement.
If you've tried visiting my Balanced Home Balanced Life website lately, you probably noticed that it's no longer there! I decided to combine my two websites into one, and now everything I do can be found at Balancedarchitecture.com And it's been totally revamped! You'll find all the latest podcasts episodes, resources, the different ways I can help you create your renovation or new build, and just lots of great info about making a healthy and sustainable home. So make sure you check that out!
Ok, now on to my special guest. I recently had the opportunity to interview jay Watts who is VP at AFM Safecoat. you might have heard me mention this company before. They specialize in making healthy paints, stains, coatings, sealants, and pretty much all other liquid coatings you'd use in a building project
Jay has been with AFM for 25 years, and through his time there he's be counselling consumers, especially those with chemical sensitivities and allergies, on strategies to building or remodeling safer homes and offices.
We dive into all things indoor air quality in this episode. It was a really fun discussion. I hope you enjoy it!
044 // How To Make The Ultimate Sustainable Wellness Home
There is a lot to discover about the Living Building Challenge and how you can create a Living House. This month's podcast episode is bringing you an overview of the concepts and how you can bring the ideas into your own home design.
What the Living Building Challenge is and who it's for The 7 'Petals' that make up the core concepts of the LBC How to use the LBC framework without having to go all in on certification
How to apply the LBC strategies to your upcoming project whether it's a renovation or a new build
The Living Building Challenge
International Living Future Institute
Loom House Project Spotlight
043 // How to Find Healthy and Sustainable Materials When You're Renovating Or Building A New Home
Have you ever started searching for a healthy product and then found yourself three hours later even more confused than when you started?
I have been there. Searching for healthy and earth-friendly building materials for your home renovation or new home build is hard! It's exhausting and confusing.
This episode is meant to help you narrow down your choices and guide you to the best websites to find the information you're looking for.
What product certifications are Which certifications you should look out for The best websites to search for healthy materials
My process for researching healthy and earth-friendly materials
Healthy Materials Guide:
This Easy-To-Use Guide Will Help You:
Save time and avoid frustration - you can stop the endless internet research for healthy and sustainable materials
Feel good about the materials you're selecting for your home
Share your material ideas with your architect and builder so they have a head start on understanding what you want to use in your home
Learn more about the Healthy Materials Guide Here.
Healthy Materials Lab: https://healthymaterialslab.org/material-collections/
Mindful Materials: http://www.mindfulmaterials.com/
042 // What You Need To Know About Kitchen Ventilation
We spend a lot of time in our kitchens, but do you know what’s in the air when you operate your stove or cook food?
It sounds a bit silly, but cooking can actually be dangerous!
Cooking puts a lot of toxins into your air, so whenever you're cooking, those toxins are releasing into your air and you're breathing them in.
With proper ventilation, you're curbing a lot of those toxins from getting into your air, which is why a ventilation system is so important for a healthy home!
Today's podcast episode dives into the kinds of toxins found in your kitchen air and the best ventilation options to help minimize and remove them.
What You’ll Discover:
How a mechanical engineer can help keep the air in your home healthy Why it’s important to ventilate your kitchen What you can do to mitigate the dangers and toxins in your kitchen air What particulate matter (PM) is and how it’s released into the air through cooking Why an induction stove is healthier than a gas stove The best practices for using range hoods What makeup air is and why it’s needed with a range hood
Rocky Mountain Institute's study on gas stoves
Great advice that is hard to find!
I’m so thankful for your podcast. I started exploring nontoxic home materials several months ago but have found the information hard to find. Some of the books are a little too extreme for what I can do in my climate - meaning straw bale, rammed earth, etc. So far I’ve listened to several episodes and have found the information to be straightforward, applicable and I’m really looking forward to listening to more episodes. Thank you!
Great design podcast
I love thinking about how to design my home to make myself and family as happy and healthy as possible. This is one of the few podcasts I listen too. I think a lot of interior design blogs focus on how to make your house look like everyone elses (within a specific style) and nice/on-trend. It's great to have advice that is more focused on making your home the best place/space for you and your family.
Extremely useful information freely shared
This podcast is invaluable if you are thinking about building or remodeling your home.
Kate generously shared her knowledge of the latest and greatest in green/sustainable building and makes sure you remember that the goal is to build better or just for yourself, but for the planet.