People and Planet Friendly Living
Global growth of People and Planet friendly living: buildings that support the environment and which are healthy for humans.
Our goal is to create living spaces and other buildings which are healthy for people and the planet.
We scrutinize and evaluate building materials and practices with a focus on minimizing adverse effects on climate change and indoor air quality. Indoor air quality becomes even more important in this time of building “green” do to the emphasis on energy efficient “tighter building”.
We have developed one of the first Green Certified homes in the State of Florida with accolades from the Florida Solar Energy Center In this process, we examined LEED, Energy Star, and other standards, and found that these standards may promote energy efficiency, but often did not take into account the health of occupants. For instance, “green” recycled building materials can emit chemicals which are extremely toxic to humans while being “Planet Friendly”.
The good news is that it costs no more to have both People and Planet Friendly buildings.
People and Planet Friendly Living (PPFL), LLC, will broker grants and secure low-interest funding for eco-friendly developments. PPFL will also teach builders, homeowners, and real estate developers how to implement practices that protect the environment while promoting public health.
In 1994, the owner, Robert Damiano founded the Environmentally Friendly Housing Partnership and started renovating living and work spaces in Revere, Massachusetts in an attempt to accommodate individuals with Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS), asthma, and allergies, as well as providing healthy people with more beneficial environments.
Robert expanded into Florida in 2003 with the purchase of South Beach Island Resorts, consisting of six condo units and a house on a one-acre parcel of land with 100 feet of private access to the ocean. His plans are to continue use of the property as an environmentally friendly haven and to make improvements.
Since then, Robert’s business has grown and evolved into what we now know as People and Planet Friendly Living, LLC.
More information about Robert Damiano is available in an article published in the Revere Journal on November 7, 2001.
Indoor air quality is a top health hazard. Poor indoor air quality has been proven to be the number one cause of all disease. More than 90% of our exposure to pollutants occurs indoors including in our homes, schools, offices, and other buildings. Primary sources of these hazardous pollutants are conventional building materials and personal care products. For the most part, these materials and products are largely unregulated for adverse human health effects.
Furthermore, the term “green” can be misleading. A green building can be energy efficient, but unhealthy for humans. A green product can emit numerous hazardous chemicals, including some with no safe exposure level to humans.
What’s needed is a set of standards, and an approach, for creating and maintaining buildings that are good for the environment, and good for humans.
Thus, we have launched: People and Planet Friendly Living
Melbourne Beach, Florida. We present a significant business opportunity in the post sub-prime meltdown to purchase properties at discount prices, while using government-based incentives to build Green.
We are confident that the Melbourne Beach coast is an ideal location for People and Planet Friendly ventures, for several reasons:
Eco-tourism. The city and county have invested in protecting the pristine quality of the area. The sands are replenished regularly on the beach.
Beach protection. The barrier island is a primary nesting place for the Loggerhead Sea Turtle, a threatened species. Pesticide spraying is prohibited east of Highway A1A.
Superb location. Melbourne Beach is 20 minutes away from Melbourne International Airport, a half hour away from Cape Canaveral, and a little more than an hour away from Orlando.
Undiscovered and affordable gem. You will often be the only one on your stretch of the beach. Properties north and south of Melbourne Beach are significantly more expensive.