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WHAT IS BUILDING BIOLOGY?

Building Biology is a science that originated in Germany, which looks at the relationship we have with our buildings and the environment. Building Biologists consider our homes our third skin and value how important and interrelated these living spaces are.

What building biologists seek to do is educate and empower their clients so they can be aware of the various health hazards, which may exist in their environment. Our primary concern is the health and well being of the occupants. Building Biologists apply the precautionary principle, by this we don't assume that because something is common it is safe. If there is evidence of the potential to cause harm precautionary measures should be underaken, even if the causal relationship has yet to be fully established.

On average we spend about 90% of our time indoors. The US EPA has ranked indoor air pollution as one of the top 5 environmental risks to public health. According to AERIAS, indoor pollutant levels inside can be two to five times higher and sometimes as much as 100 times more polluted than outside air.

 

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  • 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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