In our ongoing commitment to sustainability and transparency, it's crucial to address the complex issue of PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) usage in the construction industry. PFAS, often termed "forever chemicals" due to their persistence in the environment, have been a topic of concern due to their potential health and environmental impacts. As we endeavor to promote sustainable living, understanding PFAS in the context of construction becomes paramount.

The Role of PFAS in Construction


PFAS find a variety of applications in the construction sector, attributed to their unique properties such as resistance to water, stains, and corrosion. These chemicals are incorporated into building materials like roofing, paints, sealants, and even in the durable glass of solar panels, making them ubiquitous in the construction of homes​​. 

Health and Environmental Concerns

The widespread use of PFAS has raised health and environmental concerns. They can be found in many common products that we use such as non-stick cookware, cleaning products, our drinking water, in animal and fish products just to name a few. 
Studies have linked PFAS exposure to several health issues, including thyroid disease, immune disorders, and certain cancers. Moreover, PFAS contamination has been detected in water bodies, soil, and even wildlife, posing a significant challenge due to their non-degradable nature​​.

Striving for Alternatives to PFAS


Recognizing the potential risks associated with PFAS, the construction industry is actively exploring alternatives. Advances in material science have led to the development of PFAS-free options that do not compromise on quality or performance. For instance, alternatives for weatherproofing, corrosion resistance, and durable coatings are now available, aligning with our commitment to sustainability and health​​. 

Our Commitment to Transparency and Sustainability

In our journey towards sustainability, we emphasize transparency regarding material use in our Mini and Studio units. We carefully read through the Safety Data Sheets (SDS) and prioritize materials with GreenSeal or Cradle to Cradle certifications when considering which building materials to use, ensuring our homes are not only sustainable but also safer and healthier for our customers​​. 

Looking Forward

As the conversation around PFAS and its alternatives continues to evolve, we remain committed to adapting and innovating. By choosing PFAS-free materials wherever possible, we aim to contribute to a healthier environment and a sustainable future. We encourage our community to join us in this journey, fostering awareness and advocating for a construction industry that prioritizes both people and the planet.
As we continue to explore and implement sustainable practices, we invite you to learn more about our Mini and Studio units and our dedication to a greener future. Together, we can make a significant impact, one sustainable home at a time.

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April 02, 2024