Building Biology Australia has been investigating and reducing the potential health hazards that affect our every day life from the buildings we live and work in for 10 years.
The most effective way of preventing building related health concerns and Sick Building is of course at the design and construction stage of a building. But when the building has already been constructed and found to be contributing to Sick Building Syndrome we have to try to fix up the built in problems.
Any building constructed during the last 45 years has the potential to be considered a 'sick building'.
These buildings have all commonly used materials and products during construction and finishing that have been found to have a negative impact on the building environment particularly on the Indoor Air Quality.
Health problems can come from exposure to moisture intrusion and mould, leaking gas appliances, dirty water storage, dirty air systems, inadequate ventilation as well as building products, finishes, appliances and furnishings that emit toxic and noxious chemicals.
A building environment inspection will investigate and document sources of indoor environmental complaints, then provide advice and guidance for the mitigation of the problem/s found; using safe and non-toxic alternative materials and products and/or building maintenance protocols.
Other factors to improve the building environment and occupant health consist of measuring the electromagnetic climate within the building. This includes using meters to source both Static and AC Electric Fields, AC Magnetic Fields and Radio Frequency Field strengths. Reductions in these field strengths often require the installation of EMF Shielding Materials and advice about the best way to reduce these fields can be given.
Building Biology Australia works predominately with the elements in buildings that can be measured and where possible mitigated.
This will include:
- Air exchange rates, humidity and particulate levels.
- Mould, bacteria, and moisture problems.
- Chemical contaminants in the air mainly from the materials and products in the building.
- The effects of the electromagnetic spectrum from static electricity to Geopathic zones, low frequency household power, high frequency radio and microwaves, heat and visible light, x-rays and radiation.