What is building biology?
Building biology is a science that focuses on creating buildings that support optimum human health. It is recognised that within a building is an environment made up of the structure itself, the contents, the air, water and electromagnetic fields. The unique environment within each and every building can and does impact on the humans that live and breathe within it, sometimes negatively and this is what building biology aims to address.
Building biology originated in Germany in the 1960’s. At that time, many people began to fall ill in Germany and this was linked back to living and working in many of the newly and cheaply constructed post-WWII buildings. It was soon discovered that certain construction methods or materials used could cause health problems.
What health outcomes may be experienced by those living or working in an unhealthy building?
The health consequences are many and varied and subject to individual circumstances, which must be properly diagnosed by a doctor or specialist. Having said that, the following is a list of common health complaints that have been linked to unhealthy buildings:
- Frequent colds and flu
- Sore throat and itchy eyes
- Upper respiratory complaints such as asthma, sinusitis, rhinitis
- Allergies, eczema and skin rashes
- Tiredness and insomnia
- Muscle pain or joint pain
- Headaches, tinnitus, vision problems
- Cognitive issues (with memory, concentration or a sense of brain fog)
- Mood swings
- Behavioural problems in children
In more extreme cases, fertility problems and miscarriage, autoimmune diseases, psychological issues (such as depression, anxiety, OCD and ADD) and cancer have been reported.
Why have a home consultation?
Our clients choose us for a home consultation for the following reasons:
- They may feel that their home, or something within it, is making them ill.
- They may be uncertain whether health hazards exist and concerned about maintaining good health.
- They may be expecting a new baby and want to ensure that they are bringing that child into the best, most healthy environment possible, so that both mother and baby thrive…and baby gets the very best start in life.
- They may already have children and want to improve the health status, sleep patterns, happiness and overall wellbeing of everyone in the family by checking that there aren’t any hidden health dangers they are exposed to.
- They may be looking to move into a new home and, in the same way as one would get a building inspection for the soundness of the building itself, clients are now asking for a more holistic health inspection (which is not covered by a building inspector) which will give them peace of mind that their potential new home will not cause them any significant health problems.
- They may suspect rising damp or mould issues in the home.
What will happen during a home consultation?
Our expert will assess your home for risks relating to air quality, water quality, mould, dust and other allergens, chemicals, toxins, bacteria, electromagnetic fields and other forms of radiation.
The consultant will perform a detailed examination of your home both externally and internally, including the structure and materials used in the home; furnishings and furniture type and placement; electronic devices; water and gas services; as well as checking out what you keep in your garage, your bathroom cabinets and even under your kitchen sink!
The consultant will pay particular attention to the sleeping areas of all family members and this is due to the increased susceptibility of humans to toxins, radiation and other artificial stimuli during sleep.
Our consultants are specially trained to use equipment that can measure the levels of radiation in your home relating to electronics, electricity meters, mobile towers etc.
Humidity testing devices will also be utilised if there is a risk of dampness present.
Full mould testing is also available, however, this is an additional service as it involves specialised laboratory analysis of samples.
What will I get from the consultation?
- A home consultation will include an initial data collecting exercise (usually via written questionnaire or phone consultation) – this helps our experts to know upfront if there are any particular concerns you have or elements to your home construction or location that may point to particular threats.
- Secondly, we will conduct an assessment and solutions site visit where our consultant will walk through your home and provide a thorough appraisal. This can take up to 4 hours depending on the size of the home.
- We want to provide you with as much support and help as possible as you begin to make the transition to living in a healthier, happier habitat, so our consultant will also follow up after approximately 1-2 weeks with a post-assessment phone call to recap anything you may have missed and answer any questions that may have arisen.
- A full written report pertaining to your personal circumstances and living or working environment can be provided at an additional cost.