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Why is Building Biology Important

Healthy Living Spaces - Saturday, August 05, 2017

Home is where the heart is, our place to retreat from our busy world. We initially designed these to protect us from the elements and keep us warm and dry but since the 1950's our building practices have changed significantly.

There are many elements in a building that can affect our quality of life, our physical health and our emotional wellbeing. Our homes are living organisms and Building Biologist refer to them as our third skin, with clothes being the second.

On average we spend about 90% of our time indoors. An important element in creating a healthy home is recognising that just because a product is common doesn't necessarily mean it is safe. There is often a misconception that if it's on a supermarket shelf it has been thoroughly tested. That however is not the reality.

In 2004 the Australian Government Department of Health & Aging produced a booklet called 'Healthy Homes' which recognised poor indoor air quality may cause a wide range of symptoms ranging from headaches, tiredness and fatigue to asthma and allergic responses. Some sources of indoor air pollutants are from:

  • Building operations and construction materials;
  • Household products;
  • Various human indoor activities;
  • External factors

Working with a Building Biologist gives individuals the tools to create healthy environments and an understanding of how to make better consumer choices. Each day brings fresh opportunities to explore different options and choices to create a home that will support and nourish you today and in the future. Click here my PDF on Seven Simple Steps to Create a Healthier Home. 

If you would like to learn even more you can obtain my free e-book

  • Incredibly toddlers can put things in their mouth up to 76 times per hour and may ingest up to 10 grams of dust per day
  • Every day around 17,000 litres of air pass through our lungs
  • The CSIRO estimates that the cost of poor indoor air quality in Australia may be as high as $12 billon per year (SOK, 2001).
  • More than 80,000 chemicals have been developed and released into the global environment since the 1950’s. Today the World Health Organisation (WHO) attributes 36% of all childhood deaths to environmental causes.
  • Most European countries don’t chlorinate their water supply and about 97 percent of countries don’t fluoridate their water supply because of health concerns.
  • Use indoor plants to reduce VOC’s from your indoor air.
  • Perfumes may contain many chemicals, one being phthalates which mimic the hormone oestrogen which has been linked to breast cancer.
  • Choose safer plastics such as polypropylene (PP), high density polyethylene (HDPE) and low density polyethylene (LDPE). Never reuse plastic drink bottles and definitely don’t leave them in cars in the hot sun.
  • Waiting for high levels of scientific proof before taking action on electromagnetic fields can lead to a very high health and economic costs, as was the case with asbestos, leaded petrol and tobacco (Council of Europe, 2011)
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