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Building Biology Audits


Eco Health Solutions Building Biology Audits

  • tailored to your needs
  • comprehensive
  • thorough

What is Assessed?

In a nutshell, these are the areas commonly covered in an Eco Health Solutions Building Biology Audit. If you need something different, do not hesitate to ask – as an experienced Building Biologist, I can tailor an audit to suit your needs.

The following is the basis of what is assessed in an Eco Health Solutions building biology audit.

Whatever I identify as a potential hazard will be accompanied by solutions and action steps to mitigate the problem. So, no need to worry, I won’t leave you in the dark!

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Indoor Air Quality

Indoor air quality is assessed for contaminants – such as fragrances; ambient air pollution of the indoor air; off-gassing of furniture, furnishings and finishes; dust and dust mites; building materials and so forth.

Areas that are measured can include (and depend on what is presenting, the history and your concerns)

  • lead and other heavy metals
  • carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, combustion gases
  • VOCs (important in new construction)
  • formaldehyde (important in new construction)
  • particulate matter

There is a vast array of other possible indoor air contaminants to assess, and this may require the hiring of equipment suited to your home, in particular. Please discuss your concerns when booking.

Electromagnetic Fields (EMF)

Using professional specialised equipment, I assess the following forms of EMF in my audits:

  • ELF AC electric fields
  • ELF AC magnetic fields
  • high frequency powerflux density
  • high frequency transient spikes (aka “dirty electricity”)

* Please note that body voltage is rarely used, as it is only useful for assessing ELF AC Electric Fields when someone is laying in bed

Mould and Water-Damage

Water damaged buildings can pose an enormous risk to health. Whether or not mould is visible or you can smell it, it may still be present.

I use infrared thermal imaging and moisture meters.

In consultation with you, I may conduct:

  • pre-mould testing (ATP swabs) to ascertain the need for further sampling
  • surface and/or air samples for laboratory analysis
  • ERMI tests to determine the total mould/biotoxin burden
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Allergens

Samples can be taken to assess for a range of allergens, these include:

  • house dust mites
  • cats
  • dogs
  • cockroaches

House dust mites can be tested on the spot.

If all four are to be tested, these are all sent to an approved laboratory.

Lead and Heavy Metals

Lead testing is very important, particularly when working to reduce your blood lead levels.

Spot tests can be carried out onsite to determine the presence of lead in paints and other materials.

Samples are often collected for laboratory analysis – from ceiling dust, soil, paint chips, house dust and more.

Drinking Water

Depending on your needs, your homes reticulation system and history, water sampling may be conducted.

  • copper (if appropriate)
  • 24 metals
  • other tests may be carried out if required

Tailored to Suit YOUR Needs

As a skilled and experienced Building Biologist, I can tailor my audits to suit your needs – adding in other areas to be assessed, depending upon your circumstances.



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