FAQ

How Long does it take to build a pHLiving Sanctuary™?
We build our houses in 2-4 weeks. The overall process from start to finish is approximately 3-5 months depending upon permitting, site work, and level of complexity. Custom pureHomes™ take longer.

How much does a pHLiving Sanctuary™ Cost?
o We understand that cost is a primary factor when considering large purchases such as a new home. Providing healthy, well-designed homes at an affordable price is important to us.

o Our Pure Homes start at $150/SF and includes quality materials, finishes, and health supporting construction techniques and materials

o Services included in the cost of our home: Architecture, MEP engineering, Structural engineering, all state inspections at our factory, and third party certification to Healthy Home Standards by IBE

o If it’s not healthy to produce, not healthy for the homeowner, we won’t build it. If it doesn’t meet the Healthy Home Standards once complete, we won’t sell it.

Q. What is the main objective of pH Living™?
The primary approach for the pH Living™ home is to select materials with no or low Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) emissions and to design and build the structure with a continuous barrier to gaseous VOC emissions located as close as possible to occupied area of the house. Emitting materials are placed outside this envelope. All structural lumber outside the interior is sealed to encapsulate the movement of natural emissions from the wood.

An envelope made from a material that reflects 100% of the outside sourced radio frequency (RF) radiation is installed on all six sides of the structure. The installation method used is designed to reduce to a minimum any gaps or opening in this RF shield. This is the same material that has been installed in the Pentagon to prevent electronic communication radiation from entering the structure or being emitted from the structure.

Q. What is the process by which you purify a home?
 I. To provide third party certified homes for chemically sensitive people that have a level of contamination from volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from building materials, finishes and furnishings that are as low as possible. To achieve this we will select materials, finishes and furnishing that have either no VOC or very low VOC emissions.

II. To provide third party certified homes for electrically sensitive people that have as low a level as possible of man-made electromagnetic radiations from internal and external sources. To achieve this we will select electrical equipment with low emissions, specified electrical system installation techniques to reduce or prevent emissions and provide shielding against external communications radiation.

III. Factory certification for each module in accordance with The Healthy Home Standard for Conventional Construction, Modular Addendum (2011).

IV. Certification of the assembled and completed house to the Healthy Home Standard for Conventional Construction (2011) from the International Institute for Building Biology and Ecology, Inc.

Q. What kinds of materials and components are used inside the VOC Barrier?
Wall Board: Aldehydes sequestering.

Barrier Material: Scrim reinforced dual aluminum foil.

Insulation: US sourced wool for inner wall of the double wall system.

Windows and Exterior Doors: Aluminum frames. Plastics are used in gaskets and seals- no flexible PVC, Glass is low-e, RF reflecting.

Flooring: NOx absorbing ceramic tile. Optional: Various Hardwoods with factory applied and cured aluminum oxide finish.

Paint: AFM SafeCoat zero VOC. Option: Client’s preferred paint

Electrical Distribution System: Electric field stopping cable used throughout. Nylon jacketed, PVC wire insulation to minimize phthalate emissions. Stainless steel receptacle and switch cover plates.

Electrical Controls: Bedroom kill switch for electrical wiring and devices near the bed.

Luminaries: Incandescent recessed lighting with option for LED lights. Communications Wiring: Telephone and Cat 6e Internet wiring to all major rooms. Optional fiber optic network.

HVAC System: Electric, 25 SEER split HVAC system with on demand air purification.

Air Exchange System: Two speed system sized to home volume, MERV 12 particulate filter & activated coconut charcoal filter, fiber glass insulated polyester flex duct with polyethylene outer wrap.

Kitchen: Stainless steel cabinets with stainless counter and sink or quartz counter and under mount sink
Bathroom: Stainless Steel or porcelain Vanity Sink, and Dual-Flush, Low-Flow Porcelain Toilet.
Plumbing: Supply lines- Choice of stainless steel or copper. Waste lines- choice of cast iron or ABS.
Closets: Aluminum shelving and standards. Interior Doors: Aluminum and glass (optional-solid wood or solid core door with veneer).

Q. What is the “re-think-tank”?
pH Living™ is working to achieve environmentally conscious development across government, business and society. Our “re-think tank” tackles environmental issues on various continents, providing many out-of-the-box solutions.

Q. What is the most common material that can make you sick?
Although it can vary from person to person, the EPA has released statistics stating that the number one environmental health threat to US children under six is lead poisoning! At pH Living™, we make sure our homes are lead free! Make sure to check this website to confirm that your home is safe as well.
Q. How long does it take to build a home?
There are so many different options and variables in each individual building project that it’s hard to estimate without first understanding your needs. Suffice it to say that we drastically undercut the time of traditional home building methods. Please contact us at info@pHLiving.us for more information.

Q. What is MCS?
MCS stands for Multiple Chemical Sensitivity. It is defined by MultipleChemicalSensitvity.org as, “an unusually severe sensitivity or allergy-like reaction to many different kinds of pollutants including solvents, VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds), perfumes, petrol, diesel, smoke, ‘chemicals’ in general and often encompasses problems with regard to pollen, house dust mites, and pet fur & dander. Because of the high amount of variables, the medical community has had difficulty in pinpointing specific causes, making it difficult to treat. However, some experts estimate that nearly 7 million Americans live with some form of MCS and up to 70 million additional people have chemical sensitivities without knowing that they have it.

Q. How many houses have been built?
There currently is an evaluation unit available for visitors to test near Quakertown, PA. We are aiming to create 10,000 homes in the next 10 years.

Q. What is balanced living?
We believe that balanced living includes being healthy, by choosing non-toxic and safe items for your home, as well as being sustainable, through commonly practicing energy saving measures. Whether through giving people knowledgeable ways to practice these habits in their lives or giving practical options, pH Living™ wants to help you live a balanced life.

Q. What if I want a house built out of state?

We can deliver your home to your state regardless of location. Because of the nature of factory-built housing, our healthy homes are portable and certified for both local and state levels.

Q. How do I know if I have MCS?
 Click here to find out more and take our survey.

Q. What materials typically cause a reaction in people?
A. Many different materials can cause a reaction depending on your specific chemical reaction, which can come from everyday household objects like mattresses and carpets which emit different toxic chemicals. Follow our blog for more information at phliving.blogspot.com.