People and Planet Friendly Living
We create buildings that are good for the environment and healthy for humans.
Our goal is to ensure that homes and other buildings are healthy for people and the planet. We scrutinize and evaluate building products and practices, and the effects on indoor air quality and health. With the nation pursuing tighter buildings, indoor air quality becomes even more important.
We have already created a LEED Green Certified home in the State of Florida. In this process, we examined LEED, Energy Star, and other standards, and found deficiencies. Basically, these standards may promote energy efficiency, but not necessarily the health of occupants. For instance, recycled building materials can emit numerous hazardous chemicals.
The good news is that it costs no more to have both People and Planet Friendly buildings. Our standards and other standards can be combined.
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. More than 90% of our exposure to pollutants occurs indoors: in our homes, schools, offices, and other buildings. The main sources of these hazardous pollutants are building materials and consumer products. But these materials and products are largely unregulated for health effects. Manufacturers do not need to disclose all ingredients, or test products before selling them.
Further, 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.
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.