Homes that support life within, and without.

Toby Fernsler

Here is a list of lifestyle practices, remodel options, and new building concepts that will enable residents and their environment to thrive together.

Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR) is a constant of modern life, and increasing. AC wall current keeps our bodies and brains vibrating at 50-60 Hz. Apartment dwellers may experience 15 Wi-Fi signals at a time. Cellular towers, TV signals, satellite signals, the laptop I’m typing on, all bathe our bodies in levels of EMR never experienced in mankind’s history. Documented side-effects include insomnia, cognitive dysfunction, and cancer.

Practical solutions to mitigate these effects exist; here are a few:

    1. Lifestyle: unplug wallwarts when not in use, switch off breakers to bedrooms at night, breath (alkalinizes blood), walk barefoot (ground)
    2. Remodel: grounding pads, faraday net, faraday paint, mobile-over-Wi-Fi, Ethernet rather than Wi-Fi, conduit rather than Romex, metal outlet boxes and and cover plates
    3. Neubauten: DC-powered homes, solar+battery, low-power efficient homes (less power draw => less radiation output), EMR-blocking walls

Poisoned Water: Water is rarely pure H2O, and even that can be harmful; leaching key minerals from the body. City water is typically treated with chlorine and/or chloramine to poison most bacteria and algae. The neurotoxin fluoride is a common additive. Colorado Front Range dwellers often have uranium in their well-water. Manufactured estrogen and other pharmaceuticals not filtered by standard means circulate and increase in the water supply, changing the sex of amphibians and encouraging young men to wear tight pants. Asphalt roof shingles render rain runoff undrinkable. Flint, Michigan, has so much lead+ in the water that it’s brown. Hydraulic fracturing renders some people’s water flammable.

Practical solutions to mitigate these effects exist; here are a few:

  1. Lifestyle: let water sit (chlorine, some other things evaporate), swirl water/aerate, buy spring/filtered drinking water
  2. Remodel: install filters: tap, shower, whole-house. Specialized filters exist for nearly anything you can imagine, test water forst to select correct filters.
  3. Neubauten: metal/ceramic roof, grey water systems, rain catchment, biodynamic landscaping

Chemical Air: The air we breathe is often taken for granted, but quality varies greatly and has a significant impact on our health and well-being. Outdoor air pollutants include smog, pollen, and geoengineering aerosols. Indoor air can be adversely affected by off-gassing, radon, mold, dust, BO, and stagnation.

Practical solutions to mitigate these effects exist, here are a few.

  1. Lifestyle: awareness (c.f. sh*t I smoke app), breathwork, breathing masks, air out home, houseplants, fountains, humidifiers
  2. Remodel: whole-house humidifier, garden room, built-in fountain/pool, natural furniture, milk paint, clay walls
  3. Neubauten: hempcrete, strawbale, design for comfort and air quality, built-in filters and greenhouses

Disruptive Lighting: The advent of electric lighting has been a blessing and a curse, extending working hours but disrupting our natural rhythms (e.g. second-sleep). Few houses are designed with much thought towards either natural or artificial lighting, and how it changes through the day. LED and fluorescent bulbs contain AC-DC transformers, which give them a subtle flicker, disrupt other devices on the circuit, and create harmful EMR. Modern electronics bathe the darkness with LED lights. TV, computer, phone, tablet screens demand our attention and exhaust our eyes.

Practical solutions to mitigate these effects exist; here are a few:

  1. Lifestyle: adjust lighting with the Sun, turn off all devices in bedroom for sleep, wind down before sleeping (no screen time), sleep at night, wake with the Sun, sungaze
  2. Remodel: install lights, curtains, paint to capture and guide the day’s light, skylights/solar tubes, adjustable light switches, varied light options, full-spectrum
  3. Neubauten: layout to utilize sunlight; bedrooms get morning light, kitchen and work get daytime light, deck/porch gets evening light. Walls, doors, ceilings, and windows angled to share light, and transition well to night lights. DC home powered lights.

Fractured Community: Modern home design is focused on privacy, and it works! Tall fences prevent having to look neighbors in the eye. Private driveways and mailboxes minimize the possibility of chance encounters. A lack of public space leaves people unaware of the names or lives of their neighbors. Tiny kitchens, unused living rooms, disjointed schedules with no shared meals extend the fractures into the household.

Practical solutions to mitigate these effects exist; here are a few:

  1. Lifestyle: schedule household gatherings, make time for each other. Throw annual block parties     (once a year is still significant for making connections). Take     the time to greet a chance neighborly encounter. Pay attention; attend neighborhood gatherings, listen to housemates, watch the birds.
  2. Remodel: build a little library. reduce or remove fences to what is needed. Build a kitchen based on optimal socializing, not storage. Build a front stoop/public space before the privacy of home, and use it.
  3. Neubauten: Houses and neighborhoods designed with both private and public spaces. Awareness of shade, trees, traffic, maintenance in the building plans. Thinking of a window not only “what light does it let in?” but also “what do I present to the world?”.


Published by Toby Fernsler

Mathematician, scientist, algorithm and software engineer, commercial fisherman, handyman, family man. Working on adding sheriff to the list.

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