New Residence in the Western Suburbs of Minneapolis, Minnesota
These wall forms do not outgas, making them ideal for multiple chemically sensitive (MCS) individuals. The Durisol Corporation is located in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada (905-521-0999).
Don oversaw the implementation of a healthy wiring protocol provided by Oram Miller of Environmental Design and Inspection Services of California and Spark Burmaster of Environmental Options in Chaseburg, Wisconsin. The guidelines were originally developed by Spark based upon the teachings of the International Institute for Bau-BiologieTM and Ecology.
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These wiring guidelines incororate many techniques to reduce occupant exposure to harmful electric, magnetic and radio frequency fields. All wiring is installed in rigid or flexible metal conduit to reduce electric field exposure, and shut-off switches are provided in the bedrooms so that occupants can turn off power at night when they sleep to unshielded plastic-jacketed AC power cords for lamps and other appliances plugged in in the room.
Magnetic field exposure is reduced by the use of cross-linked plastic (PEX) potable water pipe throughout the house. Unwanted electric current on the incoming water service supply pipe, which causes harmful magnetic field exposure for occupants, is eliminated because this house is on a well. If the home had been supplied by city water, then polyethylene water service supply pipe would have been specified under the front yard, which is now allowed by many local plumbing codes.
A check was made for the presence of wiring errors, which also cause magnetic field exposure. Two were found and repaired. We find wiring errors in up to 50% of homes we evaluate, including those that are newly constructed.
Radio frequencies are eliminated by the avoidance of cordless telephones and wireless Internet service within the home. In addition, the thick Durisol wall form actually blocks incoming radio frequencies from nearby cell towers, which the owners appreciate. During construction, workers had to go outside to use their cell phones because the signal was so weak inside the building. This fact works in favor of an EMF-sensitive person who is trying to avoid exposure to radio frequencies that enter from outside. The cement in the twelve- to fourteen-inch thick Durisol wall forms substantially absorb and block these frequencies from coming in.
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