Safer housing prototype available for testing July 2011

ecoTec Living Sanctuary prototype

EcoTec Living Sanctuary prototype

EcoTECH Design Studio of Malibu, California has announced that they are now taking reservations from interested parties for testing their MCS housing unit, the EcoTec Living Sanctuary. The prototype unit is being installed on a 16-acre parcel in Quakertown, Pennsylvania. Construction will begin May 23, 2011 and they expect to offer the unit for testing in July 2011.

Bertil Petersson, a principle of the company, contacted Alison Johnson of the Chemical Sensitivity Foundation about the housing prototype project last year. Alison notified her mailing list of the project and encouraged members to fill out a survey to help the company better understand the housing needs of chemically sensitive people.

From a recent mailing sent out from EcoTech Design Studio to those that completed the housing survey:

To those who suffer from the effects of multiple chemical sensitivity we would like to introduce you to ecoTEC Living and tell you why we exist and what we are doing to turn our goals into reality for you. Our company is dedicated to designing and building health supporting, affordable, aesthetically pleasing, energy efficient housing (in that order) that will address the concerns of a significant portion of the MCS community over exposure to chemicals, Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC), and Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR). Our homes will incorporate sustainable technologies, which we believe are supportive of our primary goals.

As of today this is where we stand in bringing our goals into physical form.

1. The design work, materials research and selection testing and vetting of materials for our initial home for client evaluation is complete.
2. Arrangements have been made to produce this home under close supervision in our modular home factory.
3. We have procured the land for installation of the evaluation home.
4. Our goal is to have a test unit built, installed and available for evaluation July 1, 2011.
5. We are taking reservations for the evaluation unit from interested clients.

We have been looking for several months for an appropriate rural site for our evaluation unit. Through the generosity of Dr. William Kracht we have been given access to a gorgeous 16 acres parcel in Quakertown, Pennsylvania. Dr. Kracht is known to many of you as a preeminent MCS physician operating the Woodland Healing Research Center, a non-profit, multidisciplinary, integrative medical office. The doctor’s office is quite near the location of the evaluation unit.”

Special non-toxic housing features of the prototype include:
• VOC barrier separating the inside from the majority of the structural materials.
• Limited exposure to structural wood and that wood is sealed to slow emissions.
• Zero VOC paint and finishes.
• No natural gas or propane in the building.
• Significantly reduced volatile organic compounds through source control and EMF barriers and windows.
• Aldehyde sequestering wall material.
• NOx sequestering porcelain tile.
• Aluminum exterior window frames and doors.
• Aluminum and glass interior doors.
• Air Heat Exchange system with particulate and carbon filtration with full exchange per hour or two hour setting controls.
• HVAC System with on demand air cleaning and humidity control.
• Shielded electrical distribution System; Bedroom kill switch.
• Six sided integral shielding against external communication radiations.
• Internet Service (Cat 6 hardwired modem and router. (fiber optic network optional) and TV box (TV not supplied)
• Main Electrical Panel wired to minimize magnetic field generation.
• FSC Certified structural wood.
• Carbon based whole house water filter and Reverse Osmosis water filter for drinking.
• On Demand Water heater

After testing the units and fine-tuning the design based on feedback, EcoTech Design Studio will prepare to manufacture these housing units for sale to the public. Please note that a $100/night fee to offset cleaning, utilities, and up keep on the test unit and land will be charged on a per day basis during the testing period. The unit will only be available to test for up to one week per each interested client. If you decide to purchase a home, the paid charges will be deducted from the cost of your new ecoTEC Living home.

If you would like to participate in evaluating the unit, please indicate your availability on the below card and return it to them at the address below.

reservation form

return reservation form to:
ecotec living sanctuary
5757 Trancas Canyon Road
Malibu, CA 90265 USA

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posted May 13, 2011

Community Feedback

  • Vtacanary

    May 14, 2011 at 4:14 am

    Thank you and God bless you Ecotec for your willingness to take this on for all of us who are living with MCS and EMF issues.

  • Anna

    March 14, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    THANK YOU for what you are doing. Am urgently needing safe housing. Please let me know if you ever come to Missouri/midwest.

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