Working hard towards a future of healthy, safe, sustainable and efficiently improved homes in Chicago and the North Shore.

Working hard towards a future of healthy, safe, sustainable and efficiently improved homes in Chicago and the North Shore.

Healthy Homes Chicago Principles

A selection of various topics to be reviewed and discussed in our upcoming eBook on healthy homes and communities

The Silent Killer: Our Unhealthy Homes: define and discuss the idea of healthy and sustainable living in existing or newly built homes. Why is this topic so relevant? The goals of this initiative for individuals and communities. How can you take the steps necessary to make modest, simple changes or broad sweeping changes towards a healthy home and community.

Indoor Air Quality: The Asbestos of Tomorrow. Indoor pollution sources that release gases or particles into the air are the primary cause of indoor air quality problems in homes. Inadequate ventilation can increase indoor pollutant levels by not bringing in enough outdoor air to dilute emissions from indoor sources and by not carrying indoor air pollutants out of the home. High temperature and humidity levels can also increase concentrations of some pollutants. What is IEQ or IAQ and how is it measured? Why are some calling indoor air the new asbestos?

Energy & The Green Grid: Review the current energy systems in most homes and the impact they are having on our neighborhoods, cities and planet. Explore alternative energy models being used and the impact they can have not only on our planet but on our homes and the healthy solutions they provide. Net-zero and sustainable homes that strive to use renewable energy and resources.

Home Performance Ratings: define the idea of a living building. Measuring the performance of a home and set it up against a rigorous ratings system. We measure our gas mileage of our cars but not the performance of our homes.

Home Products & Maintenance: the simple and more complex ways of moving your home towards a healthy, safe and comfortable environment. Start small and work toward larger systems. Which cleaning products to use? Are there healthier appliance options? Plastics and your future. Are there bad recyclables? Scented laundry


Green Gadgets: Materials and Systems: What impact can the materials we spec for a home have on the occupants life safety and health? Some advanced ideas on moving an existing home towards more healthy and comfortable living environments. New advances in building design and construction methods and how you can adopt these principles to your home whether existing or in the design phase.

Sustainability & Sustainable Design: defining the simple concept of sustainable homes. What impact does our built environment have on our neighborhoods, cities and our planet? Discuss carbon footprints and life cycle of a building.

Toxins: How have the way our homes are built changed in the past 50 years? Why this concept is so critical to our health and well being. What is a VOC and why does it matter. Are some recycled materials dangerous to your health? Would you choose to wrap your home in the most toxic substance on the planet which are known to cause cancer, neurological damage, birth defects and more? Are the chemicals your dry cleaned shirts safe? If so why is California banning its use by 2020? That “new car smell” in your home and the dangers they present.

Green Sales & Marketing: buying and selling healthy homes is not a new concept. It is however a new marketing concept. Recent studies show that ‘greener’ homes (healthier and safer) are getting over 9% more in sales price compared to their competition. Why would someone pay more? How does this impact the cost of

improvements. We are stewards of the homes we live in and we will review how to make the right decisions to maintain, improve and then sell your homes when that time comes. What are buyers looking for and how to ‘sell’ them on the healthy home decisions you’ve made and documents along the way.

Healthy & Affordable Communities: a review of how the concept of healthy homes can be expanded block by block, neighborhood by neighborhood and city by city all across our country and around the globe. So many cities are adopting healthy home principles into their building codes and legislative process. Scottsdale Arizona requires all public buildings to be LEED certified Gold level. Calgary has a Healthy Homes Initiative that is dedicated to incorporate many of these healthy homes concepts for all of their residents. A look at some larger community development projects and their successes. How can we bring the concept of affordable healthy homes to Chicago? What specific housing strategies and new prototypes can be adopted to our local climate, materials and resources, zoning constraints and lot selections?

Healthy Homes Chicago: Case Studies. A review of several local examples of healthy homes and concepts being implemented in local housing solutions across the city. We took an existing Chicago homeowner and evaluated their home, created a performance report and made suggestions.


Jim Gramata
Managing Team Broker
@properties The Gramata Realty Group
2214 N Lincoln Avenue Chicago, IL 60614



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