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  1. Ed Peterson
  2. Sherlock Holmes
  3. Healthy Tiny Home
  4. Tuesday, 23 January 2018

A LinkedIn connection shared the following information with me during a discussion about the Logan32, our first model Tiny Home designed for living in our Tiny Towns. This model is planned to be affordable, accessible and the discussion turned to making it a healthy home: 

I have Multiple Chemical Sensitivities - and it's always trial and error (daunting when one thinks of building a home), and all people with sensitivities have different chemical triggers.

However, there are some basics:

  • no MDF,
  • no OSB,
  • nothing with formaldehyde (so no wet caulking, and most paints are out),
  • all plywood low VOC/formaldehyde and sealed,
  • no laminates,
  • no softwoods, etc.

I am connected to a network of people who have building information. I will send you a couple of links, which will help with some deeper "basics".

Links provided have been added.

This has led to more discussions and I am now following the links to begin designing a model that meets the needs of chemically sensitive people.

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Discussing our interest in designing our Logan32 to be a Non-toxic Tiny Home, a member of another Facebook group sent me this:

Greetings Ed,

I have been working on (both researching and building with my own hands) as nearly as possible, a totally non-toxic tiny home for the past couple of years. The list of items included and excluded is pretty long at this point:
  • solar electric
  • inductive cooktop
  • 200% efficient heat pump based radiant heating system (this is actually a pretty complex system involving passive ventilation and a unique air exchange/warming concept)
  • no plywood, and especially no OSB or particle board ANYWHERE
  • sheep's wool insulation
  • food based/natural finishing products
  • recycled steel framing
  • salvaged/local materials
  • advanced IR based wall design
  • grey water adaptable drainage system
I will also, very soon, have the first legitimately approved Tiny home within metropolitan city limits.
In addition, I am working on a DIY self-inspection system that I hope to convince building departments to approve.
  1. George Hawirko
  2. 2 years ago
  3. #16
This is all very refreshing to hear, I thought I was the only person on earth that had a similar list of demands.

Take a look at every tiny home blog and YouTube Video on Tiny Homes and you will see them building as if they were constructing a 4 story Wood Framed Building. With a background n Modular Construction, seeing a double 2x10 header over a 30-inch window is frightening, especially when a mobile structure needs to be very lightweight.

Then we have everyone getting inspired by those Architectural Photos of wood interiors which are not fireproof, mould or rot resistant, whats that all about or is it just me?
  1. Guest
  2. 1 year ago
  3. #19
Who designed the Logan32? Was it someone who lived in a large Coffin before, or a Regular House Designer. Eight foot wide and after your first day, you will want to escape into the woods. Fullsize appliance only further cramps the interior and have as much value as they would in a tent. What is needed is a single sink, one to two induction plates an apartment fridge for the kitchen, Bathroom a 4-foot tub, allowing better space to splurge in a washing machine, that also should be eliminated from the plans.
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