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Current Project

Prescriptions for a Mold Controlled Home

A practical guide to find, avoid and fix problems in water damaged homes. 

The book will focus on both prevention methods, and how to identify existing problems and how to proceed.

With so much at stake, which may include our own health, this book aims to provide the reader with tools and knowledge to arm him or her against the issues in a dynamic and ever present threat.

Published Books


Prescriptions for a Healthy House: A Practical Guide for Architects, Builders, and Homeowners (use code BANTA at checkout for 10% discount) also in e-book format.

Although there is nothing complicated about constructing healthier homes, building for health is still not standard practice, and in fact there are many aspects of conventional home construction that are detrimental to human well-being. From foundation to rooftop, to home care and repair, Prescriptions for a Healthy House takes the mystery out of healthy-house building, renovation, and maintenance by walking the owner/architect/builder team through the entire construction process. ​

The authors:

  • Paula Baker-Laporte is the principal architect and founder of Baker-Laporte & Associates and EcoNest Design. 

  • John Banta is a senior indoor environmental consultant for RestCon Environmental. 

Extreme Weather Hits Home, Protecting Your Buildings from Climate Change.

We know how to prepare our homes for each seasonal change, but do we know how to prepare for climate change? Violent weather events like floods, tornadoes, ice storms, and hurricanes only tell part of the story. Climate change is frequently more subtle, but its effects on our homes and properties can still be devastating. Nearly 50 percent of North America has a potential for structural damage from shifting moisture in expansive clay soils, a condition that is already costing billions of dollars each year. Humidity is projected to increase, trapping moisture in wall cavities and resulting in deterioration. As the climate changes and moisture levels adjust, there are a number of proactive steps that can be taken to prevent or lessen expensive repairs.

John C. Banta is an indoor environmental consultant with twenty years of experience in building biology, building science, and indoor environmental quality.

Book News

Other Publications

Journal Publications

May 2012


Jan 2005

Bacterial Amplification and In-Place Carpet Drying JOURNAL OF Environmental Health Dedicated to the advancement of the environmental health professional Volume 74, No. 9 May 2012

Bioaerosols, Fungi, Bacteria, Mycotoxins and Human Health: Patho-physiology, Clincial Effects, Exposure Assessment, Prevention and Control in Indoor Environments and Work. Page 262; Edited by: Dr. med. Eckardt Johanning M.D., M.Sc. Fungal Research Group Foundation, Albany, New York, U.S.A.


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