One of the benefits of getting out of building Tiny Texas Houses is that the Tiny House On Wheels (THOW) industry, which is the dominant aspect getting the most attention in the Tiny House world, can not say I am just badmouthing the competition. When I speak of the toxic building methods in the growing industry, I upset many people who would prefer not to address the issues facing the customers they are fishing for
with lures that are not disclosing the hook than never comes out problem if you take the bait, buy into it, and live in their product. Why don’t Tiny House builders want to talk about Urea formaldehyde, plasticizers, latex paint, vinyl hormone mimmicing chemicals, and inherent issues with air quality due to the radically reduced supply inside the THOWs. I question these issues with ample evidence freely available to demonstrate a reason for extreme concern, yet find the conversation is actually a narrative in disguise as a dialogue.
When you are at the Jamboree, inside looking out, you can not see what is outside the windows. On the other hand, if you take the time to go outside, really look around and you will find a different view looking in through the windows. From there you will see all that is going on without the effects of the cool air, the fan blowing words around with ideas that flow about as if that is all one needs to survive. Once outside, in nature, and realizing that you can have the beauty, simplicity, and keep your health too, then perhaps the extra cost of being able to see the bigger picture, benefit from the knowledge and then make an informed decision will make it worth your effort to get out of the box.
The biggest new Tiny House Jamboree event is going on this weekend in Colorado and I had the good fortune of speaking with a friend of one of the promoters who came through Tiny Texas Houses for a tour one day. I told him I would not be out at the event and did not expect to be invited to talk either because I would be the Hippopotamus in the room and it would be preferred by all in that business that I was not there to bring up sensitive issues that mass production, certification for bank loans, and other favorite aspects of the developing industry would be exposed. He asked what I meant and I explained that the problems the industry are facing are the same as the modern housing industry building 450,000 houses a year as cheap per square foot as they can. The severity of compressing so much toxic material into tiny spaces is that the concentrations in the limited air rise dramatically and children, pets, the elderly, or those with immune system disorders will be impacted…. possibly for life. This is serious stuff and people will be sick long before the issues ever get to courts, through courts, and resolved…. just like the Katrina trailers.So far it is a statistically insignificant issue as the movement is still getting a foothold but using this Home Depot import crazed mentality for housing that foregoes any sign of sustainable living, organic living, or considering the health of the 7 generations that will follow and pay for this foolishness. I have had women tell me of their health problems, their babies, children, and elders all related to the chemicals, most often Urea Formaldehyde that nearly killed them, maimed them for life, or hurt their children in ways they do not even fully understand yet.
Why is this so ignored in an new industry that is exponentially increasing the toxicity levels in some of this type of housing? It is the same issue with bigger houses… if you are forced to use those materials to compete on price and thus join with the others in their pursuit of the dollar rather than the future health of your victims, then you can not tell on anyone else and they can not tell on you. Sort of like the Skull and Bones, the Bloods, Crypts, or other historic groups initiations that keep the members in line by having the proof that they too have committed the crimes they accuse others of, and will be crushed financially, if they speak out once they are fully initiated into the guild. No one who wants to stay in business ever steps far out of line to say that The Energy Star rating and LEEDs are simply industry tools to force builders to use their products to get certified and work in the industry, get key loans on projects, and contribute to fooling the public into believing that this actually does much more than that. Welcome to the Tiny House world being taken down the road of Mobile homes with charm path that is ultimately not something one will pass on to their children if they were to last that long.
This is heavy stuff to bring up as there are many who will be very upset that the public will then ask questions they either can not answer honestly or have not investigated enough to prove their due diligence about the health of their potential clients. Why would you not want to know if your house will need to outgas for a year or two without you living in it before it will be safe based on the very issues that you can learn about on the internet. Google Urea Formaldehyde, plasticizers, vinyl outgassing chemicals that mimmic estrogen, or the lead from vinyl leaching out over time, not to mention is made with a terrible ingredient call acrylic acid. Do you really want to know? Probably not because that would pop your bubble about getting a CHEAP tiny space to live in down the road, financed because you can not afford to pay cash.
The need for financing is how they get so many to ignore these issues since most people can’t pay cash and will compromise, but they should tell you the true long term price to your health, or more importantly in my mind, to the children under 7 with no blood brain barrier to keep these chemicals from turning portions of their brain into a mess no thought can get through. That is why I created a 95% Pure Salvage Building Standard, to prove it could be done if the builders wanted to, and believing that if I did, builders would flock to copy the methods. Boy was I wrong, in fact quite the opposite. I have never been invited to speak at a Tiny House Conference of any sort, nor to a larger house event either. NO Hippopotami ALOUD in the room while we are casting their spells.
So, having come on the scene because of the issue I saw back in the early days of Tumbleweed houses in order to prove this point, I have built nearly 85 of the hundred example I committed to myself to create. They are all different examples of portable houses that could be passed along from generation to generation because they are built to last with materials that are sustainable, toxin free, energy efficient, and can be had for the cost of Human Energy, not the planets resources, or a few years net earnings. Of coarse the last option is for those who can do the salvage mining or barter for the materials from the billions in materials laying around wasted across America while 42,000,000 people complain about now work to be had. It is possible for us to turn this country around just on the organic building of a downsized generation of housing that is sustainable. How else are we to take care of 72,000,000 baby boomers whose SS checks won’t hardly cover food, let alone utilities, housing, and car, or phone? Their kids can not afford them for they too are debt slaves and our maintenance cost on housing is worse than the payment over time as all things now are built to break in 5-7 years, which we have mastered and coined as Built in obsolescence.
This Essay has been for those who wish to perhaps through a question or two around at the Tiny House Jamboree this weekend and see just how many of the players are willing to talk of these issues seriously. Ask why there is no significant sustainable housing being discussed, just a token decorative theme that goes on for the most part. Please do not get me wrong in that I do believe there are a few Tiny House builders who are trying to pay attention to these issues, but the bulk will not and can not if they want the industry approval, state approval, or other things that are needed for financing these in the markets that are available now. The exception is small friendly lenders who can bend the rules for a friend, or put them in some financial instrument that does not need to meet federal guidelines. The industries are controlled from on high, not from the bottom. So as I get out of the business of building for others I can speak freely about what the overall industry is doing and hopefully get the point out without the mud throwing that will follow getting in the way of the message I have as a shield. We can do this right!
Here is an expanded essay on the toxic materials if you wish to go to it and a link below to the article on the trailers which is also important to consider as it is often misrepresented too. https://puresalvageliving.com/healthy-housing-in-modern-building-materials-world-vs-salvaged-materials/
I never did go into that industry on wheels, and wrote a rather detailed article on my opinion of the waste of a trailer under a house, but also of the manufacturing problems, maintenance issues, brakes and load.
I wish you the best on your hunt for a Tiny House and that what you find will be all you dream of but please do not let these considerations go without at least doing your own investigation before you take children down this path with you. They, unlike you, may not wish to compromise their health for the rest of their lives with cognitive problems associated with heavy chemical loads while still forming their brains. Don’t get me wrong, putting one’s parents in a toxic box which they have no choice but to live in is also not a recommendation you will ever hear from me either, but those who build the toxic little boxes will be glad to sell you one and not get you all worried about it if you want it that way.Best of fun at the convention if you are out in sunny Colorado this weekend. I hope this gets you thinking, whether you like the way I say it or not, the message is clear this way and I am proud to be the Whistleblowing Hippopotamus that did not get invited to come once again. Since I don’t have anything to sell there, won’t pay to be there at a table to tell you this, I will not be there as a participant as well and thus condone how the industry evolves.
with much Love.
Creator of Tiny Texas Houses and
the Pure Salvage Living Renaissance
PS This was the words for the Facebook post.
This will be a big hit I bet. No Whistleblowers at the Tiny House Jamboree is an article/essay on the problems as the Tin House On Wheels (THOW) turns into an industry just like the giant toxic houses have become. In a world where keep it cheap is a louder call that build it healthy and organic, I tend to be the Hippopotamus in the room. For that reason I have never been invited to speak at a Tiny House convention, or a big house convention about the subject that I am the leading expert on in the country. I created a concept then set about to prove that 95% Pure Salvage building was possible and chose the Tiny Texas Houses as my medium for the message. I figured if they were cute enough, cozy, and desirable, the methods of sustainable building would be copied and run rampant across the country. I was so wrong.
I figured if we showed they could be sold for enough money to allow people in need of a career to make a good living as a small family business, Salvage Mining and Salvage Building would be a shoe in for a country full of people out of work, no opportunities for soldiers coming home, or kids getting out of college with huge student loans. I was so very wrong.
I actually hoped, unlike most businesses, that I would be copied by thousands, and gave away all the information on how to do this freely on my web site, Facebook, Youtube, and in newspapers, on TV, radio and any medium that would share the message of the Pure Salvage Living Renaissance. I figured with all the sick people who’s immune systems were blown out would jump on the chance to live in houses that would not only let them heal, it would help them do so. Again, I was totally wrong. People want the cheap toxic tiny houses instead.
So here is an article explaining perhaps why this idea has not grown in popularity for I never intended to build a thousand million houses, just to prove it could be done in a hundred different ways that would all appeal to one group or another. I wanted it to grow and be copied so i could go on to the next life knowing I had made a difference for the kids who might have been autistic instead, or suffer from the poisons that have become common in new housing, to the point of killing people over time. Sick as it appears to be, the industry that has done this so well for big houses is now taking hold of the Tiny House movement, which is the reason I got started building Tiny Texas Houses.
I felt I had to show there was a better way to make this necessary transition, this downsizing of 72,000,000 Baby Boomers and give some hope to the kids left with the mess who do not want the American Dream McMansion my generation leaves behind. Toxic nightmares in a world where landfills will not take sheetrock in because it is too toxic when they store it there. Where will it go, along with all the other toxic crap we are building out of now, importing, and destroying the environment to create more of? I do not know, but so far, I have not come up with any answers that seem to be popular so my desire to not create more will likely not work either.
In the comments below is a photoblog on this subject as the Tiny House Jamboree is underway and there are many who are chasing the cheap lure, those building them for sake of the money without conscience, thus willing to build with toxic crap. I hope you can sort out the difference as the industry turns into a tiny version of their bigger toxic brothers.