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“The common wisdom in the housing industry is that custom homes are expensive, and custom green homes are even more so. But several Boise-based organizations have teamed up to prove the common wisdom is wrong—and to set up a pilot project to provide Idahoans with affordable, eco-friendly homes within the city limits.” - Home Energy Magazine
“...assembled a wider consortium...to provide custom-built, affordable, green homes in Boise...The partnership will expand in the coming months, creating more opportunities for Boise residents to live comfortable, beautiful, healthier, low-carbon-footprint lives.” - PR Newswire
Design & construct a modern healthy and eco-friendly home on a moderate budget.
The Healthy House Institute® (HHI) is pleased to announce it has engaged Boise-based Earthcraft Construction to build the new headquarters-home of the principals of the comprehensive educational resource and website that provides consumers information to make their homes healthier.
Mark L. Hixson, the founder and president of Earthcraft Construction, has more than 30 years’ experience in residential contracting and green building, pioneered straw bale homes in Boise, and Earthcraft’s recent USGBC LEED® project was Certified Gold. Earthcraft homes often include features such as:
“While HHI’s new headquarters-home will not include all of these features, it will be the greenest and healthiest structure we can afford to build, with the goal of modeling what can be done on a modest budget,” said Allen Rathey, president of HHI.
HHI strives to be the most comprehensive educational resource available for creating healthier homes. To this end, HHI treats the home like an ecosystem with many interrelated parts, covering topics in-depth such as air and water quality, building, remodeling and furnishing, cleaning and housekeeping, health and safety, ventilation, lighting, energy efficiency and more. Rather than preaching to the converted, HHI seeks to reach a mainstream educated consumer with credible information merging the best of ‘green’ with the best of healthier homes research, indoor environmental data, health and medical science, into a practical, timely, easily digestible but comprehensive message. HHI strives to be a truly authoritative voice that has the ‘ear’ and trust of major media, influentials, and most importantly, the intelligent consumer.
From layout, to green features, to selection of natural and volatile chemical-free components and materials, the design process is crucial.
Encompassing the goals of a green and healthy home - on a moderate budget - funding is a critical step to ensure the project's completion within a reasonable amount of income.
The heavy-lifting (often literally). Clearing of land, laying of foundation, construction of home.
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