"What is Building Biology (Bau-Biologie)?"
Illnesses and ailments are on the rise. Everyone knows someone who has cancer, depression, sleeping disorders, etc., etc. Allergies have increased; allergists claim 50% of illness is caused or worsened by indoor pollution. Asthma has doubled since 1980, most heavily for kids, while chemical sensitivity has grown to 18% of the population.
We know that if we eat & think right, and exercise, then we will have better health and be more resistant to disease. However, we are missing something in the equation. We spend over 90% of our time indoors, and according to EPA, 65% our buildings are polluted, sometimes as much as 6 to 10 times higher than city pollution. Additionally, we compound the health effects by adding several sources of man-made electromagnetic radiation (EMR). Our buildings (homes and offices) are making us sick.
The Good News
Since the 1970's, beginning in Germany, Building Biology (Bau-biologie) has studied the relationship between buildings and human health. It is the purpose of Building Biology and the Building Biology Environmental Consultant to apply this wealth of specialized knowledge to construction, or remediation, of homes and workplaces.
Bau-Biologists like Lawrence Gust, are certified by the International Institute for Bau-Biologie in Clearwater, Florida.
2012 Advanced Electromagnetic Radiation Seminar
Dec 3 to 7
2013 Seminar on Natural Healthy Building
Feb 18 to 22
2013 Seminar on Indoor Air Quality and Water Quality
To be announced
2013 Seminar on Electromagnetic Emissions: Health Effects, Measurement, Solutions
To be announced
The 25 Principles of Building Biology (Baubiologie)
- Site buildings on geologically undisturbed land.
- Residential homes are best located away from industrial centers and main traffic routes.
- Housing shall be developed in a decentralized and loose manner interlaced with sufficient green space.
- Housing and developments shall be personalized, in harmony with nature, fit for human habitation and family oriented.
- Use natural and unadulterated building materials.
- Use wall, floor, and ceiling materials that allow air diffusion and are hygroscopic.
- Indoor air humidity shall be regulated naturally.
- Filter and neutralize air pollutants.
- An appropriate balance of thermal insulation and heat retention is needed.
- The air and surface temperatures of a given room need to be optimized.
- Use radiant heat and as much passive solar heat as possible for the heating system.
- The total moisture content of a new building shall be low and dry out quickly.
- A building shall have a pleasant or neutral smell.
- Light, lighting, and color shall be in harmony with natural conditions.
- Protective measures against noise pollution as well as infrasonic and ultrasonic vibrations need to be human oriented.
- Use building materials with little or preferably no radioactivity.
- Maintain the natural balance of atmospheric electricity and ion concentration.
- The Earth's natural magnetic field shall not be altered or distorted.
- Eliminate or reduce man-made electromagnetic radiation (EMR) as much as possible.
- Cosmic and terrestrial radiation is essential and shall be interfered with as little as possible.
- Interior and furniture design shall be based upon physiological findings.
- Harmonic measures, proportions, and shapes need to be taken into consideration.
- Produce, install, and dispose of building materials in a way that does not contribute to environmental pollution and high energy costs.
- Building activities shall not contribute to the exploitation of non-renewable and rare resources.
- Building activities shall not cause a rise in social and medical costs.