Green By Design Podcast Episode 007: A Green Home Journey with Eric and Firnanda Firman

Updated: Jun 21, 2021

Eric and Fernanda Firman Share Their personal Home Greening Story





Eric and Fernanda Firman, Founders of Live Well Indoors

Check out the transcript of our conversation with both Eric and Fernanda below

Erica:

Welcome to the green by design podcast. Thank you so much for being here today. We have Fernanda and Eric Ferman, and I'm going to tell you a little bit about them before I get started, grilling them with all of my important questions. So Fernanda is a healthy home architect and Eric is a healthy home contractor. Fernando was born and raised in Brazil, and she never saw that her own home in America would slowly start to make her sick. Eric developed his own line of water filtration equipment, and he has also been a speaker and a coach for the industry through the process of healing, Fernanda and Eric together have found that many other families have had the same issue that they have experienced together. They've been helping people build and remodel and create healthy homes by reducing their exposure to toxins. And that is a little bit about them, but we're going to delve much deeper into that bio and their story. And so, yes. Welcome. And thank you so much for having this good to be here for all of you out there. You wouldn't necessarily know this, but this is a bit of a role reversal for us. These two first interviewed me for their, webinars educational series, which, we will put in the show notes and then I thought I would flip the table on them and get the chance to interview them and their story more in depth. So this is fun.

Erica:

Well, let's dig into it. you have a very interesting story that I have heard anecdotally over and over again, but this is the first opportunity I've had to really like get to the nitty-gritty about this happening to real people that I know. So, what we're going to be talking about is your experience in renovating well, your, your general background and what you used to do and what you do now and how you got into the healthy indoor built environment industry. So take it away. Yeah. So hi everybody. We're very pleased to be here today and for the opportunity to share our story with the listeners. And I know from talking to a lot of our friends that a lot of people have been going through the same story, but they don't know exactly how to solve the problems. You know, as Eric has said, I was born in Brazil. And, what I remember from my childhood it's, you know, clean air, like just doors were open. Uh, we ended was blowing all the time. I could smell the, you know, the food that was being cooked freshly every single day. And, uh, we didn't have much, so there was not too much clutter to collect dust. And I came to America in 2000 and I guess

Fernanda:

2005. And that's when I started, I didn't see initially what was going on with me, but over time, uh, Eric and I, we start remodeling homes. And that when the last one that we remodeled, we were living inside of the house and I got extremely sick for two years. I had headaches every single day. I had no energy, everything the beetle would beetle, no, like I had no desire to do anything. All just being bad. I had memory fog. I had dizziness, short breath, all that kind of stuff. And I went to from doctor to doctor and every single result came back just more and more. And they were basically thinking that I was just creating this kind of disease or this kind of problem to get some attention. But the hardest part was to actually pinpoint what was going on. And even around my family, people were not validating how I was feeling.

Fernanda:

They didn't understand. They thought I just exercise. You just need to eat better. You just need to do that. Everybody had a piece of advice, but nobody knew exactly what was going on and was not into, we were remodeling and all the house in Las Vegas that we're staying there for three or four days and be realized that I was able to wake up before that one went off six o'clock in the morning, had energy to work throughout the day with no coffee. I didn't need anything. And that's when one day Eric and I just clicked that it's something in t