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.
Vanie L3 years ago

Thank you.

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Jennifer C.
Past Member 5 years ago

Thanks.

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Jennifer C.
Past Member 5 years ago

Thanks for the post.

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aj M.
aj E5 years ago

thanks

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Tracy G.
Tracy G5 years ago

Good ideas, thx!

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Anastasia J.
Annie J5 years ago

Interesting way to think about space.

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Robert O.
Robert O5 years ago

Definitely important things to keep in mind. Thanks.

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Lynn C.
Lynn C5 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.

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K s Goh
KS Goh6 years ago

Thanks for the article.

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Ellinor S.
Ellinor S7 years ago

thank you

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