Be Healthy With An EcoNest

A bird builds its nest using the materials at hand to create a perfect shelter for its bioregion. It doesn’t fly to the next state for twigs nor does it build a home that is bigger than it needs. You can create many aspects of a human econest for good health and ecological balance without building from scratch, by implementing these seven design features:

Seven EcoNest Features

Beyond creating a healthy wall system with straw and clay, and choosing safe materials, there are several design features that help to promote health and that are incorporated into econest design. These include:

1. Separate the living space from car fumes.

2. Create a space to take shoes off at the front door.

3. Include accessible and appealing outdoor spaces to facilitate a connection with nature and its rhythms.

4. Provide proper ventilation.

5. Plan and design a house layout for safe electrical installation.

6. Include drains where a water source might leak and cause damage.

7. Separate the living space from by-products of combustion.

Adapted from Econest, by Paula Baker-Laporte et al (Gibbs Smith, Publisher, 2005). Copyright (c) 2005 by Paula Baker-Laporte et al. Reprinted by permission of Gibbs Smith, Publisher.
Adapted from Econest, by Paula Baker-Laporte et al (Gibbs Smith, Publisher, 2005).

11 comments

Edvanir L.
Edvanir L3 years ago

Thank you.

Jennifer C.
Past Member 4 years ago

Thanks.

Jennifer C.
Past Member 4 years ago

Thanks for the post.

aj M.
aj E4 years ago

thanks

Tracy G.
Tracy G4 years ago

Good ideas, thx!

Anastasia J.
Annie J4 years ago

Interesting way to think about space.

Robert O.
Robert O4 years ago

Definitely important things to keep in mind. Thanks.

Lynn C.
Lynn C4 years ago

These are all common sense but it is so strange how many people don't even think of these things when buying or building.

K s Goh
KS Goh5 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Ellinor S.
Ellinor S6 years ago

thank you