What is Building Biology (Baubiologie)?
Building Biology (aka, Baubiologie) is a type of building science which scrutinizes the built environment (home or workplace) for hazards, stressors, and toxins.
A building biologist makes an evaluation to determine if the space has any possible health risks or irritants and offers guidance on remedies.
These conditions can be examined: EMF’s, radiation, indoor air quality, building materials, furnishings and finishes, mold and moisture issues, daylighting, use of color, ergonomics, and any other interplay between built environment and inhabitants.
In Building Biology, Nature serves as the main guide. What that means is this: the Building Biology Standard has values for measurements that are close to natural conditions. When measurements are distant from ideal natural conditions, health problems are more likely to arise.
What is Permaculture?
Permaculture is a systems approach to creating sustainable food production and living environments.
In Permaculture, as in Building Biology, Nature is the guide! In nature, there is no waste, elements serve multiple purposes, and diversity provides resilience. When you have a permaculture design created for you, the designer should identify ways for you to reduce inputs of time, money, resources into your project, and increase outputs. How this is achieved depends on your site, your needs, your talents, and many other factors.
A permaculture garden or homestead is designed to keep water where you want it (and keep it away from where you don’t), provide food, structural material, fibers, and a comfortable living setting for its inhabitants.
Permaculture principles can be used to design gardens, farms, homesteads, intentional communities, cities, and more. They can also be applied at small scales.
What are Native Plants?
Native plants are the vegetative heritage for your location! They are adapted to your climate and conditions and are partners with a host of other native species.
Once established, they tend to be more resilient than exotic ornamental plants, requiring less water and attention. Many native plants have edible, medicinal and other useful properties.
What is a Low-EMF Environment?
The term “EMF’s” stands for “electromagnetic fields.” EMF’s is the term commonly used to describe man-made pollution of the electromagnetic spectrum.
A low-EMF environment is one that is closer to natural conditions, with minimal or reduced electromagnetic pollution. EMF’s are created by cell phone towers, cell phones, Wi-Fi, the electric grid, smart meters, and many other devices.
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