Bau-biology translated from German is “building biology” or “building for life.” It specifically refers to the study of the impact of the built environment on human health and the application of this knowledge to the construction or modification of homes and workplaces. It studies the interwoven relationships between people and their homes as well as their homes and the earth.
Building Biology considers your home or work space to be your third skin: ideally a breathable, flexible and indigenous structure that is organically built to support, shelter and nurture the body, mind and spirit.
For over 40 years Bau-biologists have researched the effects of indoor environments, identified the major causes of indoor pollution and documented the most effective strategies for reducing your exposure and lessening the toxic burden on your health and the earth.
Ancient Taoist Alchemy defines vitality as the basis of health and longevity and the foundation of immunity and resistance. In today’s world, many external influences deplete our vitality on a daily basis – one of the biggest being our indoor environments. Loaded with VOCs from carpets, paint and office machines, cleaners, polluted air and man-made electromagnetic fields (EMFs), our homes and workspaces have become dangerous to our health, vitality and longevity.
We now spend over 75-90% of our time indoors in unhealthy environments, sealed from nature and surrounded by artificial light. It is beneficial to learn how to redesign your home into an organic, vibrant and healthy living space.
Building biology is a blueprint for creating healthy indoor environments. As a Certified Building Biology Environmental Inspector (BBEI), I can consult with you on creating a healthy home. Building biology is the link between Feng Shui and modern living.
The primary sources for indoor air pollution come from:
• Have adequate ventilation – crack a window (if its safe to do so)
• Filtration – HEPA air and vacuum
• Avoid synthetic materials – polyester, plastic, PVC
• Eliminate or reduce rugs – if you use them they should be made of natural fibers as well as the padding
• Use 100% organic cotton beddings
• Use organic paints – Low or no VOC
• Use environmentally safe cleaning (house and clothes) and personal care products
• Avoid using pesticides
• Use indoor Plants
• Use a Salt Lamp
“More than 1 in 5 Americans unknowingly drink polluted tap water… Nearly 1,000 deaths each year and at least 400,000 cases of waterborne illness may be attributed to contaminated water.”
– The New York Times, June 2, 1995
The question here is not whether or not you should filter your water, but what type of filter to use. Install a whole house filter if possible, if not, filter your kitchen and shower water sources
• Better health and vitality