Angelina County doctor builds 'healthy' house

Published: Aug. 29, 2014 at 9:08 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 30, 2014 at 12:22 AM CDT
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Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff

ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - An East Texas woman has built a "healthy" house. It looks just like a regular house on the inside and out, but the eco-friendly, efficient home is virtually free of all chemicals, toxins, and poisons.

Tucked away on a farm in Angelina County is Dr. Rima Kittley's "healthy" house. The idea behind the experimental home came out of a serious reaction to mold.

"We started building when I got really sick from mold, and I started having some funny neurological problems and memory problems," Kittley said.

Everything from the direction the house faces to the walls, floors, and even paint was specifically researched and designed with health in mind.

"This house has a totally different concept in construction," Kittley said. "The walls are made of something called magnesium oxide board and the board is actually porous so that it has a chance to breathe out toxins."

"There is not a stick of plywood in the whole house. You try to build a house without plywood and OSB, and it's a major undertaking," Kittley said. "Every single component in this house was researched to make sure it didn't have out-gassing and wasn't going to produce poisonous anything."

"The insulation is something called rock wool, and it's basically ground-up rock, nothing holding it together. Most of the insulation that is out there have flame retardant and formaldehyde preservatives. The rock doesn't burn, so therefore, it doesn't need any flame retardants," Kittley said.

Kittley said that typical construction materials contain thousands of toxins.

"Most people are enveloped in formaldehyde and whatever other poisons they're using," Kittley said. "Each one by itself is not that big of a deal but when you start adding up thousands of them ... they're living in chemical soup."

According to Kittley, the materials to build a healthy house aren't that much more expensive than traditional construction materials but it will cost you in the amount of time you have to invest to build it right.

Kittley and her husband have already moved into their healthy house although they say there is still work to be done. She said she can already feel the difference living in a chemical free environment.

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