Building Biology Principles – What Are We Aiming For?
When entering a building – be it your home, your workplace, a school, a factory or any other structure – I am wearing my Building Biology Goggles. These goggles enable me to see beyond the immediate – a little like Superman’s x-ray vision.
These goggles are formed based on the Building Biology Principles – which are basically the core belief system of a Building Biologist.
Simply put, nature is our ideal – and this is what we are striving to achieve in the internal of a building.
Buildings should be built in harmony with their environment – with the building materials used reflecting what suits the individual site. As well, the materials used should have low embodied energy and rate well in a life cycle analysis.
Indoor Air Quality
Indoor air is affected by the materials used, and therefore materials are selected that enhance the quality of the air, the moisture content, and the thermal nature. The air should smell like natural clean air – as though you were in the country.
Electro-Magnetic Fields (EMF) also known as EMR
The electro-climate (electromagnetic fields) should preserve the natural fields of the planet and minimise the impact of the human-created ones.
Buildings and Health
Buildings, ultimately, should be beneficial – to people, animals and the environment. They should support our health, our sense of happiness and vitality as well as supporting us “in the world” (in terms of being productive and social).
Building Biologists Can Help
We can become involved:
- at the planning stage – to match your building to its environment;
- before building or renovating – to advise on suitable (both to the site and sustainable) building materials; and
- existing buildings – to identify both problems and solutions for health.