The Chuda’s Green Dream Home is a Hot Property

By Nancy and James Chuda founder and Editor-in-Chief of LuxEcoLiving and co-founders of Healthy Child Healthy World. Contributing editorial from Bethany Colson, Assitant Managing Director of LuxEcoLiving

 

Think Clean, Green, Zen and Smart

 

TOUR: A house is not a home unless it is healing and healthy

 

"This is something everyone in America has to see, the Chuda's Green Home." Oprah Winfrey

“This is something everyone in America has to see, the Chuda’s Green Home.” Oprah Winfrey

Chosen as Los Angeles Magazine’s Design Green Home of the Year, toured by Leo DiCaprio and seen on Oprah, the Chuda’s iconic home under the H of the Hollywood sign is legendary.

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Built to help educate others.  Over 2,000 people got to tour the Chuda’s Green Home.

There is no worse nightmare than losing a child. We faced this tragedy twice in our lives. Within a year, we lost Andy (Jim’s son from another marriage) at age 18 in a surfing accident and a year later, our five year old daughter was diagnosed with a rare form of a non-hereditary form of cancer called Wilm’s tumor and passed away after a valiant nine months of trying to win against the odds.

The Los Angeles Magazine's Design Green Home of the Year

The Los Angeles Magazine’s Design Green Home of the Year

 

Turning great pain into a passion to help others

We created Healthy Child Healthy World to honor our daughter Colette

We created Healthy Child Healthy World to honor our daughter Colette

In 2005,  Jim and I made a commitment  to ourselves and our to charity that we would forge a way to create and build a real HealtheHouse. Healthy Child Healthy World had partnered with WebMd and masterfully created an animated version online.

A virtual Healthe Home was created to educate parents about safer alternatives in their home environment

A virtual Healthe Home was created to educate parents about safer alternatives in their home environment

As an environmental architect for over thirty years, Jim had built several healthy homes. One in particular, Yucca Trail House in Laurel Canyon in 1989 won a prestigious Los Angeles Beautification Award presented by then Mayor of Los Angeles,  Tom Bradley.

Yucca Trail House

Yucca Trail House

The other, was a magnificent Malibu seaside retreat, designed for Olivia Newton-John. Both of these projects were the first case study healthy homes ever to be built using sustainable materials; non-toxic paints and insulation, and solar energy.

James Chuda Case Study # 2-Dolphin House/Malibu California was designed for Olivia Newton John.

James Chuda Case Study # 2-Dolphin Healthy House/Malibu California was designed for Olivia
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Today, that property is valued at over 40 million dollars and it remains as one of our nations first examples of a green healthy habitat.

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Twenty years ago, the building industry was unaware of the hazardous health effects from many of the commercially produced products used in residential design. Lead was one of the first injurious products to be nationally mandated and removed from paint. Science had proven that children exposed to lead could suffer a deficit in their learning and comprehensive abilities. Worse, the afterlife of inhaling lead particles or consuming paint chips for both inhabitants and laborers presented irreversible damage to the nervous systems.

Our journey in building the The Green Home was purely educational. We wanted to provide people with knowledge that could change not only the way they live but affect industry to make healthier decisions when it came to product formulations.

Our dream to build a healthy home came into fruition when land we had purchased previously in the Hollywood Hills below the famous Hollywood sign, became the perfect sighting for Jim’s architectural vision.

He wanted to include water gardens and zero maintenance landscape, along with over 65 features that included; recycled denim cotton for insulation, low-VOC paints, stains and finishes, sustainable bamboo floors, standing seam metal roof, and a state-of-the-art solar energy system called Gridpoint. From the beginning, we were more focused on the healthy aspects of the interiors, searching the Internet, worldwide for companies whose products met our healthy home standards.

Jim’s  Greenprint for Healthy Living becomes Los Angeles Magazine’s Design Green Home of the Year

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Expansive and bold. James Chuda is an architect and sculptor. He once said, “I could never design another home like this… each one has to be different.”

Drawing from his environmental activism and prolific career as a nationally board-certified architect specializing in the creation of non-toxic living and working environments, the Green Home is a culmination of many years of the Chuda’s dedication to learning, living and advocating for a natural, environmentally-safe and sustainable lifestyle.

After having completed two other case study environmental homes  he began the design concept for his own Green Home.  He wanted to illustrate that an ordinary home could be a “green house,” a healthy habitat where people could not only enjoy their natural surroundings but also live with sustainable materials, energy efficiency and lower toxicity products.

The Green Home started with a survey of the Hollywood hillside and was designed to harmonize with its unique characteristics for greater energy efficiency, copious natural light, plentiful ventilation, solar power and a natural water filtration system. Complimenting the grade of the hillside, the home begins with a lower level “basement” that includes a media room, laundry room, a guest bedroom and yoga / mediation room. Continuing up the stairs to the main level, the kitchen, the living room and study are almost like the heart of the home. Glass steps lead up to the loft, master bedroom and master bath. Lush gardens with water features and patios (with their own organic garden) are found on every level to comfort guests and the residents alike, making them wonder where the house ends and where nature begins.

“In building this house I realized there’s a very strange thing that has happened even to myself: As a culture we’ve lost that connection to our environment.”

Chuda says the trouble stems from the onset of WWII when air conditioning and refrigeration were invented. “It changed the way we grow our food, bringing chemicals into our homes and pharmaceuticals into our lives, but most of all it changed the way we built. Houses didn’t have to have overhangs. Architecture has now become art for art’s sake with no relationship to the reason we evolved in the first place.”

“I don’t design and build homes, I sculpt them.”

 

 

Norman and Lyn Lear received Healthy Child Healthy World’s Lifetime Achievement Award and were presented with a machete of James Chuda’s sculptured Mother and Child bronze.

Avoiding any building products that contain chemicals that produce volatile off-gassing (also known as volatile organic compounds or VOCs), toxic solvents and glues and all pesticides, the Chuda’s carefully chose recycled, recyclable, reusable and renewable raw materials and interior furnishings that accessories that not only expressed their vibrant personalities but achieved their dream of creating a safe eco-friendly home without sacrificing style or function.

A serene calming becomes a visitor as they marvel over the bamboo and papyrus walls in the media room, the cool recycled glass, raw silk linens in the master bedroom, butter-soft bamboo floors, palm wood, Venetian plaster and walls coated with non-toxic citrus-based paint, all seem to beg to be touched. Himalayan onizing salt crystals from the Himalayas are strategically placed through out to clean the inside air. Low-flush toilets in each bathroom save thousands of gallons yearly. Disguised as simply a gorgeous silver odject d’art, an aptly named “angel fan” slowly moves air up and down in large volumes to increase air quality and ventilation while saving energy costs that generally accompany traditional spinning fans  – just another simple yet beautiful energy efficient design.

“The Green Home Under The H” became the subject of a widely publicized effort to reduce global warming and has become an icon attracting hundreds of visitors as well as national and international press. Chosen as Los Angeles Magazine’s Design Green Home of the Year for 2005 and open for public tours, it has attracted nearly 2,000 people. In 2008, it was profiled on Discovery’s Planet Green-Worlds Greenest Homes and continues to be featured in their logo and in their promotion pieces.

To  learn more about toxicity commonly found in houses and building construction, check out Healthy Child Healthy World‘s website for creating and maintaining a healthy home for you and your family along with a useful database of ingredients that helps determine the nefarious from the safe.

 

“In a world where one out of hundred children are diagnosed with autism, where cancer has become the leading cause of childhood mortality, when asthma is the single reason for children’s absenteeism in schools, it makes perfect sense to avoid building with and bringing toxins into the home environment.” Nancy Chuda

“Our ultimate dream after having established the charity and its two decades of scientific research to protect children by preventing exposures to toxins in the environment is to endow our Green Home to Healthy Child Healthy World. That way, everyone in America can have the virtual opportunity to see it, learn about it and live it.” James Chuda

“A house is not a home unless its healing and healthy”

WATCH: The Muse Elementary School children tour the Chuda’s Green Home.

Home is where we tie one end of the thread of life to another

Editor’s Notes:

For more information about the Chuda’s Green Home please contact Kurt Rappaport at WEA Realty.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Article by Nancy Chuda

Nancy Chuda is a seasoned broadcast journalist, television writer/producer, talk show host and author. Her career spans over three decades having appeared on both national and cable television. In 1971 she authored one of America’s first low-calorie cookbooks, How To Gorge George Without Fattening Fanny, published by Hawthorn Books. Appearing as a regular guest on Dinah’s Place, Dinah Shore’s ABC daytime talk show. And later on The Johnny Carson Show, The Today Show with Barbara Walters, Merv Griffin, Phil Donahue, and David Frost. In 1972, Nancy and ABC’s Good Morning America co-produced Michael Krause produced a cable program, The Low- Calorie Gallery, based on her best selling cook book. In 1975, hired by Warner-Amex as part of a creative team, she was responsible for hosting and producing content for Columbus Then and Now, a program, the invention of QUBE, an interactive television system which played a pivotal role in the history of American cable television. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/QUBE In 1978 she developed a series for ABC’s Good Morning America based on an article which appeared in Mother Earth News magazine. The Integral Urban House, a case study project and model for a sound urban habitat sponsored by the Farallones Institute in Berkley California was the first example of green architecture ever to be televised. In 1979, Nancy co-produced and hosted Sunnyside a Los Angeles based public affairs program viewed on the CBS affiliate station KNXT, From 1980-1984, she appeared on KABC’s Eyewitness News as entertainment reporter and film critic. Her environmental advocacy began when her daughter was diagnosed with cancer. In 1990 she co-produced an Emmy nominated ABC Variety Special, An Evening With Friends For The Environment to benefit Mothers and Others for a Livable Planet one of the first national children’s environmental health advocacy groups in which she served as a volunteer. Currently, she is the co-founder and President Emeritus of Healthy Child Healthy World, a non-profit organization established to honor the Chuda’s only child, Colette, who died in 1991 at the age of 5 from Wilm’s tumor a nonhereditary childhood cancer. She is also the co-founder of The Colette Chuda Environmental Fund, a donor-advised fund which supports major epidemiological research on children’s health. Nancy has won numerous awards for her advocacy. In 1996, the California League of Conservation Voters Environmental Leadership Award, The Healthy Schools Heroes Award, presented to both her and her husband James Chuda by California Governor Gray Davis for their legislative efforts in securing The Healthy Schools Act which was signed into law in September, 2000. In 2003, Parent’s Magazine published an article Mom’s On A Mission and awarded Nancy for her environmental leadership for children’s environmental health. She serves as an associate of the Director’s Council of Public Representatives of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and was appointed by President Clinton’s Health and Human Services Secretary, Donna Shalala, to serve as a member of the National Advisory Council for the National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) a position she held for four years. In 2010, along with her husband James she founded LuxEcoLiving. Nancy Chuda tagged this post with: , , , Read 207 articles by
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