BUILDING BIOLOGY

All services presented from the holistic perspective of Building Biology.

The science of Building Biology is acknowledged in many countries. Over the past 40 years trained Building Biologists have conducted research leading to specific concepts around building more sustainable human habitats. Since the 1950s and the Chemical Revolution, we have found ourselves surrounded in our living and working environments by more than 80,000 new chemicals, partly toxic. These are used industrially as a normal standard.

According to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) 20% of these chemicals are not publicly disclosed.

Building Biology promotes, as a matter of extreme importance, all natural and toxic-free building and living practices in what has become a predominantly synthetic environment.

Humans today tend to spend up to 90% of their lives indoors, a development recorded in more recent years. Healthy indoor air conditions and ecological balance are best achieved by the use of sustainably manufactured building and finishing materials for our homes and work places. In addition, product maintenance requirements and disposal processes should be devoid of any threat to personal health.

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Building Biology incorporates the logic of nature in the planning process of interiors as well as surroundings of a building:

  • Site analysis (permaculture, geological occurrences, power lines, traffic, dust)
  • Size and position of rooms and windows
  • Natural light
  • Natural heating and cooling (passive solar and passive shading, cross ventilation, wind and rain shelter)
  • Water sources and use/re-use
  • Low-toxic structural / finishing materials which are chosen for their sustainable criteria 
(origin, transport, durability, maintenance, production components, recycling / disposal and health hazards)

Although individual eco-friendly products may be more cost-intensive than their mainstream counterparts, holistic design concepts incorporating a naturally healthy approach are not necessarily more costly. A building biologist is trained to work for architects and planners, as well as for individual clients in bringing light to the jungle of available products and the consequences of their use.
 
 
Creating sustainable and 
biological living spaces. A holistic concept brings economical and ecological aspects to the equation
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  • Efficient use of resources regarding manufacturing, maintenance and transport of building materials (embodied energy)
  • Reducing the cost of living by enlarging the productivity of a building itself and diminishing the usage of energy/water
  • Better indoor quality for a healthier population
  • Reduced environmental strain (waste, pollution, environmental destruction)

 

Worldwide more than 40% of landfill and waste, mainly toxic, originate from the wider building industry. Susanne at Built on Biology Ltd is a certified Building Biology Practitioner and Interior Designer and is qualified to create sustainable, attractive and low/non-toxic home and work place designs for new and existing buildings.

  • Consultation (alternatives to mainstream materials and techniques)
  • Home Analysis regarding common health hazards (mould, emission, CO2, VOCs, EMF)

Built on Biology works for a healthy and beneficial living climate in NEW as well as in EXISTING buildings. Mould has become a major health hazard not only in NZ homes. Some natural building materials regulate humidity and mould naturally, also limit emissions originating from synthetic environments. Healthy indoor climate also means avoiding toxic chemicals, e.g. volatile organic compounds, which have serious effects on a growing percentage of our population (allergies, sensitivities, disease).

Natural alternatives are strongly recommended for renovations, and can be retrofitted in most affected homes.