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Healthy Home: Think outside the box - February 23, 2012
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When you are building a new home, carbon emissions come from several sources. These include the extraction, shipping and processing of raw materials, the equipment used to excavate and construct the home's components, and the transportation of workers to and from the job site. 

If you are looking to build a new home or backyard studio in a way that keeps down the carbonemissions, you'll want to consider the ideabox. Designed and built by the Salem-based company of the same name, the ideabox is an energy and material-efficient option for your living needs.

There are several sizes available, the smallest “minibox” is a mere 200 square feet (think art studio) and the largest tips the scales with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms in 1,475 square feet. All are pre-fabricated in a warehouse which means that construction is tightly controlled; reducing carbon emissions, eliminating waste and diminishing the risk of mold because materials are kept dry.  

In addition, ideaboxes include many green and healthy features such as Energy Star appliances, water efficient plumbing fixtures, non-toxic paint, and extra insulation to keep you toasty in the winter and cool in the summer.

If you want to check one out for yourself, visit the Portland Spring Home and Garden Show  Feb 22 – 26 to see the latest and greatest ideabox, "activ."

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Photo courtesy of ideabox.us

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