“Being able to consult with Paula is like having a national expert in the field of healthy house building standing on my construction site. If you are building a home, there are so many health issues – and frankly so much money – at stake that you need to do things properly the first time. I can’t overstate how important it has been to me to be able to consult with Paula.”
~ David Shapiro, MD., Santa Barbara, CA
Since the first edition of Prescriptions for a Healthy House was published in 1998 Paula has consulted on healthy home solutions with Architects, Builders, Developers, Health Practitioners and Home-Owners all over North America and as far away as Switzerland, Israel and Singapore.
Paula has developed a broad-based skill set that makes her uniquely qualified in representing the Owner’s desires for healthy construction. Her extensive architectural background in building biology, healthy design and construction administration coupled with her research background as a writer focused on health in the built environment facilitate an effective and easy interaction with professionals and tradespeople in all aspects of the building process.
Her healthy home services have included everything from brief telephone consults to detailed specifications and extensive on-site input. Her work has often included individuals with chemical sensitivities and other special needs. Please contact EcoNest to schedule a consultation.
“As a sufferer of chemical sensitivity, I knew that it was very important that I build a house using safe building materials. Building a house can be an intimidating project but trying to do it with safe materials seemed impossible. After researching online, I found Paula’s book “Prescriptions for a Healthy House.” I knew that it was important to work using a source of information that was reliable and proven. Online forums, websites, and others sources had so many different opinions that I felt like I would never be able to build a healthy home. After reading “Prescriptions for a Healthy House,” I had renewed hope that I could build a house that would improve my health and the health of my family.
I decided to reach out to Paula and ask for some advice on how to begin the process of building a healthy home and to answer questions about building in my specific climate. I was blown away by her experience and knowledge. With her by my side, we drafted an agreement with my builder that outlined the plan for building our healthy house. A documented plan was very important in providing clear communication and guidelines between the builder and myself. It ensured that he was aware of every step, every material, and the importance of managing his sub-contractors to meet our building specifications.
Paula became my lifeline during the construction process and was always responsive and helpful. I can honestly say I would build another healthy home the exact same way. It has been 5 years since our project together and I am healthier happier with a renewed outlook on life!”