Welcome to HomeFree
A national initiative supporting affordable housing leaders who are improving human health by using less toxic building materials.
Home Depot, the largest building product retailer in the U.S., has announced a sweeping new Chemical Strategy that considers several building product categories, including carpet, fiberglass insulation, paints, and laminate flooring. (See related ...Read More
Healthy Building Network's report on post-consumer carpet feedstocks calls for eliminating over 40 highly toxic chemicals in carpets that threaten public health and imp...Read More
Thanks to all who attended our webinar “When is it "green"? Preventing the Toxic Effects of Spray Foam Insulation”! This webinar was co-presented by Healthy Building Network researchers, Jim Vallette and Rebecca Stamm, and Greg Siwinski, a practicing field industria...Read More
HomeFree had the opportunity to sit down and talk with Pat Stockhaus, a member of the Minnesota Demonstration Project Team. Pat is Director of Facilities Management for CommonBond Communities. He oversees an affordable housing portfolio of over 6,000 units with over 10,000 residents. As par...Read More
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Paul C. N. Mellblom
As a Principal at MSR, an architecture and interior design firm, Paul has overseen multiple award-winning affordable housing projects. His work includes The Rose, Minnesota’s first affordable housing project to incorporate Living Building Challenge principles.
Paul’s passion for affordable housing comes through in his professional practice and volunteer work. Paul received a 2013 AIA Minnesota Louis Lundgren Award for his volunteer work, and is president of the Board of Directors for Rebuilding Together Twin Cities. Paul also lectures, nationally and internationally, on high performance affordable housing.
He is a registered architect, holding a Master of Architecture from the University of Texas-Austin and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Tulane University.