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In 1996 along with her physician and a house doctor, Paula first published a book called Prescriptions for a Healthy House. Why in 2022 (and 3 more editions) when our building industry has learned so much more about the chemicals in our environment and various government and NGOs have revealed, regulated, rewarded, declared, disclosed, and scored our new homes is her phone still ringing off the hook with people seeking to build differently so that they can regain their health or the health of their loved ones? Perhaps the answer lies deeply buried in the uniquely North American paradigm of the way we build our homes. Let’s do some digging!
Paula Baker-Laporte FAIA, BBNC, is the founding principle of EcoNest Architecture located in Ashland Oregon. She is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and a Building Biologist. Her practice focuses on creating environmentally sound and health-enhancing homes. Clients range from extremely health-challenged individuals to robustly healthy and environmentally conscious clients seeking optimal environments.
Paula’s impetus to focus her life’s work on health in the built environment began shortly after graduation when she experienced first-hand the devastating health consequences of unknowingly living in an unhealthy home. In fully regaining her own health, she learned how to help others.
For the past 30 years, she has designed, specified, and administered the construction of projects working with alternative mass wall building systems that combine health and ecological performance. In addition, the firm consults internationally on the health aspects of the built environment, working with Owners, Architects, and construction teams.
Her published books include “Prescriptions for a Healthy House”, recently published as a 4th edition (2022), and two books about natural building work with her husband and co-founder of EcoNest Building and co-author Robert Laporte: “EcoNest- Creating Sustainable Sanctuaries of Clay and Timber” (2007) and “The EcoNest Home” (2015)
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