Building Biology – What is it?

Building Biology

Building Biology was developed by Prof. Anton Schneider in the 1970s.

It is a science which examines the way our built environments impact on our health, and reciprocally, also the way we can design healthy buildings.

Core to building biology is the precautionary principle – on which our exposure standards are based. Exposure standards, in Building Biology, are based on health and wellbeing. If something isn’t known to be safe, caution is warranted and prudent avoidance is recommended.

Nature (and natural levels) is our ideal – for air quality, EMF and more.

The 25 Principles of Building Biology

These are the guiding principles for building biology, as set out by the Institut Fur Baubiologie and Nachhaltigkeit:

  1. Use natural and unadulterated building materials.
  2. A building shall have a pleasant or neutral smell, not releasing any toxins.
  3. Use building materials with the lowest possible level of radioactivity.
  4. Protective measures against noise and vibration pollution need to be based on human needs.
  5. Regulate indoor air humidity naturally by using humidity-buffering materials.
  6. The total moisture content of a new building shall be low and dry out quickly.
  7. Strive for a well-balanced ratio between thermal insulation and heat retention.
  8. Optimise indoor surface and air temperatures of a given space.
  9. Promote good indoor air quality through natural ventilation.
  10. Use radiant heat for heating.
  11. Interfere as little as possible with the natural balance of nature’s own background radiation.
  12. Prevent exposures to human-made sources of electromagnetic fields and radio-frequency radiation.
  13. Minimise exposures to mould, bacteria, dust, and allergens.
  14. Minimise energy consumption while using renewable energy whenever possible.
  15. Prefer regional building materials, not promoting the exploitation of scarce and hazardous resources.
  16. Building activities shall cause no environmental problems.
  17. Choose the best possible drinking water quality.
  18. Take harmonic measures, proportions, and shapes into consideration.
  19. Select light exposures, lighting systems, and colour schemes following natural conditions.
  20. Base interior and furniture design on physiological and ergonomic findings.
  21. Site buildings on land free from geological and human-made disturbances.
  22. Locate residential homes away from pollutant and noise sources.
  23. Provide low-density housing with sufficient green space.
  24. Develop individualised housing and settlements in harmony with nature in ways that support human and family needs.
  25. Building activities shall cause no social problems.

What to Look for in a Building Biologist

Your building biologist should:

  1. Be qualified, having studied at a registered training organisation (RTO);
  2. Keep their skills up-to-date;
  3. Be a member of a professional association (such as the ASBB);
  4. Be knowledgeable, experienced and committed to finding the cause and offering solutions;
  5. Be objective and yet empathetic; and
  6. Be thorough and not racing to get the job done quickly.

At Eco Health Solutions, you get all this and more! We have a range of packages which we can tailor to suit your needs.

Our team has been hand-picked by Lucinda Curran and trained to her exacting standards. They are leaders in the field, are compassionate, have an eye for detail… and are thorough!

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