Midwest Building Ecology Coalition

With Oram having relocated to California in January 2010, the leadership of the Midwest Building Ecology Coalition has been handed over to Frank DiCristina, Spark Burmaster and the other building biologists in the Twin Cities area.

If you are already on the reminder email list, you will continue to receive emails from Frank and the others with the date, location and speaker for the next meeting. If you would like to be on the reminder email list, contact Frank DiCristina at 952-888-5783 or frank@gratefuldowsing.com

Meetings are Free and open to all. We request that participants please refrain from wearing perfume or cologn when they attend our meetings. Our chemically-sensitive participants thank you.

The Midwest Building Ecology Coalition is an informal gathering of people from Minnesota and surrounding states who are interested in learning more about healthy homes and offices from the perspective of Building BiologyTM. We have been meeting once a month. Our topics focus on the ways in which the built environment affects the health of occupants.

Full list of presentations at the Midwest Building Ecology Coalition from July 2005 through 2009

2009

December 17th, 2009 Spark Burmaster, Building Biologist and EMF expert, spoke on "Smart 'Everything' Technologies." Specifically, Spark spoke on Smart Houses, Smart Phones, RFIDs, and other converging technologies and their effects on our health.

November 19th, 2009 Leslie Wilson, Carver County Environmentalist III and Co-Chair of the Midwest Product Stewardship Council, spoke on "Product Stewardship."

October 15th, 2009 Ralph Jacobson of Innovative Power Systems. Ralph reviewed the present state of solar energy systems, both photovoltaic and solar hot water.

September 17th, 2009 Ramy Salim of Sunny Day Earth Solutions and Tri Nguyen of Taossunto Lighting spoke on the future of lighting using light emitting diodes (LEDs).

August 20th, 2009 Loren E. Abraham, principle architect of abraham + associates architects and Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of Architecture, College of Design, University of Minnesota, spoke on "Building Design and Renewable Energy: Passive and Active Solar Strategies for both New Construction and Remodeling."

July 16th, 2009 Diana McKeown, Metro Region Coordinator for Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTS), spoke on Neighborhood Development of Community-Scale Energy Efficiency and Clean Energy Projects.

June 18, 2009 No meeting.

May 21, 2009 Richard Venberg, architect, spoke about solar-powered energy systems, green roofs, and the introduction of green, sustainable principles into home design.

April 16, 2009 Rob Peterson spoke about the development of green plastics. He also discussed what really happens in the waste stream, a topic he calls "garbology."

March 19, 2009 Rebecca Lundberg, president and CEO of Powerfully Green, spoke about Phantom Loads, Energy Conservation and Solar Power Basics.

February 19, 2009 Marianna Padilla spoke on ways to successfully feed one's family from an urban lot. Marianna gave us a glimpse into the delightful garden she has planted on every square inch of her southeast Minneapolis yard. She also spoke about vegetarian cooking.

January 15, 2009 We saw three more videos from the plenary sessions of the 2008 Bioneers Conference held in San Rafel, California on October 17-19, 2008. Locally we saw these same plenaries at our Northland Bioneers Conference at the University of Minnesota on November 15 and 16, 2008.

2008

December 8, 2008 We saw three videos from the plenary sessions of the 2008 Bioneers Conference held in San Rafel, California on October 17-19, 2008. Locally we saw these same plenaries at our Northland Bioneers Conference at the University of Minnesota on November 15 and 16, 2008.

November 10, 2008 Tom Mienke of The Urban Project spoke about his LEED Gold townhouse development in Minneapolis.

October 13, 2008 Tim Eian spoke about the Passive House, a zero-net energy house design originating from Germany. Tim is an architect with TE Studio in Minneapolis.

September 17, 2008 Michael Anschel of Otogawa-Anschel Design/Build, a remodeler in the Twin Cities, spoke on the Minnesota GreenStar program, our local version of a green remodeling and new construction protocol, similar to the LEED program of the US Green Building Council.

August 11, 2008 Tour of the headquarters of The Great River Energy Company, which has built one of the few LEED Platinum office buildings in the country.

July 14, 2008 We had the return of Kel Heyl, design/build remodeler with Studio Rebus, who is a master at creating visually appealing remodeled projects that are green, healthy and sustainable. Kel showed us more examples of his work and took us again through the steps necessary to make a remodeling project green.

June 9, 2008 Oram Miller of Environmental Design and Inspection Services in Minneapolis and Spark Burmaster of Environmental Options in Chaseburg, Wisconsin (608-483-2604) gave an overview of the information they learned at their profession's annual conference in April in Nashville. The conference was sponsored by the International Institute for Building BiologyTM and Ecology. Among the topics was the latest on the dangers of exposure to cell phones from Dr. George Carlo, the latest on "dirty electricity" by Magda Havas of Canada and David Stetzer of Wisconsin, as well as a discussion of environmental health effects on children with autism by California's Dana Gorman.

May 12, 2008 Jason Montgomery and Todd McNurlin, Design and Engineering Consultants with Audio Video Planners in Oakdale, Minnesota, just east of St. Paul, spoke about integrated home control networks and what they have to offer. We also discussed how to use this technology in the safest way possible from an EMF-exposure standpoint.

April 3, 2008 Kel Heyl, design/build remodeler with Studio Rebus is a master at creating visually appealing remodeled projects that are green, healthy and sustainable. Kel showed us examples of his work and took us through the steps necessary to make a remodeling project green.

March 10, 2008 Dan Haugen, Sales Director of Certified Wood Products spoke on the production, sale and use of certified green Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) woods as building materials.

February 25, 2008 Sean Morressey of Morr Construction in Arden Hills, Minnesota spoke on green home design and construction as well as the US Green Building Council's LEED for Homes program and the Minnesota GreenStar program.

January 14, 2008 Mike Jones, water intrusion and mold expert, discussed his company's approach to mold remediation using Hazarid, a broad spectrum biological decontamination product that is applied as a fog. It is non-toxic after application (651-698-0454).

2007

December 10, 2007 Ramy Selim, proprietor of Sunny Day Earth Solutions, Minneapolis, spoke about renewable energy systems and ways to be more energy efficient: solar (electric, thermal, and passive), running cars on oil such as biodiesel, window quilts, alternative building construction (straw-bale), composting and also reducing our carbon footprint.

November 19, 2007 Gudrun Eglitis of Fridley (651-571-1345), spoke on her bio-energetic approaches that help clients increase energy levels, reduce the harmful influence of past exposures to EMFs, and help them tolerate exposure to EMFs in the future.

October 15, 2007 Spark Burmaster of Environmental Options in Chaseburg, Wisconsin (608-483-2604) presented the same lecture he gave at the Midwest Renewable Energy Association Energy Fair on "Healthy Building Wiring Protocols."

September 10, 2007 Spark Burmaster of Environmental Options in Chaseburg, Wisconsin (608-483-2604) presented the same lecture he gave at the Midwest Renewable Energy Association Energy Fair on the "Latest Developments in Electromagnetic Exposure."
Tri Trong Nguyen of Minneapolis (612-229-2907) also spoke about LED (Light Emitting Diode) bulbs.

August 2007 No meeting.

July 9, 2007 Rick Wheeler of Residential Science Resources in Hampton, Minnesota spoke on "Home Performance Testing for Remodelers." This included building-science practice, greater energy-efficiency, better moisture management, and reducing the potential for problems.

June 11, 2007 Spark Burmaster of Environmental Options in Chaseburg, Wisconsin (608-483-2604) spoke on Wireless Internet (Wi-Fi), how it is used, how it may be affecting us, and what we can do about it.

May 14, 2007 Gene Eldeen of Everlasting Homes (952-435-2148) spoke on water intrusion and mold, particularly around windows and doors. Gene is also a thermographer and an expert on insulation.

April 9, 2007 Group discussion led by Oram Miller of Environmental Design and Inspection Services on sources of water intrusion and other causes of mold.

March 10, 2007 Seminar with:

1. Carole Hyder, Author and Feng Shui teacher and consultant, on making your home healthy from a Feng Shui standpoint.
2. Chris Bell (305-322-9605), Building Biologist from Fairfield, Iowa on the M.U.M. Sustainable Living Program, a program for training students to build communities of the future -- green, healthy, sustainable, and energy-efficient.
3. Spark Burmaster (608-483-2604), Electrical Engineer and teacher of Buiding Biologists, on Sources of Radio Frequency (RF) Exposure, such as cell phones and wireless Internet (wi-fi), and what we can do about it.
4. Sharon "Shaylee" Oleson, healthy home expert, on the latest on Radon.

February 12, 2007 Curt McNamara, Senior Electrical Engineer with Logic Product Development Company in Minneapolis spoke on Biomimicry in Building Design and Construction and present a video by Janine Benyus.

January 8, 2007 Rachel Maloney, proprietor of Natural Built Home, spoke on non-toxic building materials. We also took a tour of her showroom downstairs (in the same building as the meeting location at the time).

2006

December 2006 No meeting.

November 6, 2006 Michael Maley and his wife, Tricia Mageli-Maley, experts in Environmental and Home Balancing, presented a lecture on their use of the tools of Bio-Geometry.

October 9, 2006 Dr. Stephanie Digby, a mycologist, spoke on the issue of mold in buildings.

September 11, 2006 Spark Burmaster of Environmental Options in Chaseburg, Wisconsin (608-483-2604) gave an introduction and overview of the information presented in the latest EMF course he had just helped teach for the International Institute for Bau-biologyTM and Ecology.

August 2006 No meeting.

July 10, 2006 Presentation by Spark Burmaster of Environmental Options in Chaseburg, Wisconsin (608-483-2604) and Oram Miller of Environmental Design and Inspection Services in Minneapolis on the Midwest Renewable Energy Association Energy Fair. They also discussed lighting issues and furnace replacement.

June 2006 No meeting.

May 8, 2006 Continuation of a presentation by Oram Miller of Environmental Design and Inspection Services in Minneapolis on all aspects of how to build and remodel a healthy home, including an introduction to and overview of the knowledge of Building BiologyTM and other aspects of "green" and renewable design and construction.

April 10, 2006 Continuation of a presentation by Oram Miller of Environmental Design and Inspection Services on all aspects of how to build and remodel a healthy home, including an introduction and overview of the knowledge of Building BiologyTM and other aspects of "green" and renewable design and construction. Presentation by two students from the College of Design (Architecture and Landscape Architecture) at the University of Minnesota to speak about their experiences on the Gulf Coast in Mississippi evaluating houses impacted by Hurricane Katrina.

March 13, 2006 Presentation by Oram Miller of Environmental Design and Inspection Services in Minneapolis on all aspects of how to build and remodel a healthy home, including an introduction to and overview of the knowledge of Building BiologyTM and other aspects of "green" and renewable design and construction.

February 13, 2006 Deanne Lange, board member of CIRA, the Chemical Injury Resource Network, presented a talk on chemical sensitivities.

January 9, 2006 Continuation of presentation of case studies of "Common Building Defects" by Robert Brunjes, architect and water intrusion expert in St. Paul.

2005

December 2005 No meeting.

November 14, 2005 Discussion of geopathic stresses by Gudrun Eglitis (763-571-1345), along with Robert Brunjes, who discussed the related topic of Bio-Geometry. Discussion of case studies of "Common Building Defects" by Robert Brunjes, who is a practicing architect and water intrusion expert in St. Paul.

October 10, 2005 Presentation by Dr. Paul Halvorson of Third Way Network, Minneapolis-based non-profit organization dedicated to providing affordable rental space for people of modest income (612-332-1311 x22).

August 8, 2005 Spark Burmaster of Environmental Options in Chaseburg, Wisconsin (608-483-2604) presented a case study of a house in Madison, Wisconsin with high magnetic field exposure (50 mG in the kitchen and 10 mG in the living room).

July 11, 2005 Spark Burmaster of Environmental Options in Chaseburg, Wisconsin (608-483-2604) presented a lecture on "Two Building Pipe Current." Oram Miller and Spark Burmaster presented a report on the Midwest Renewable Energy Association Energy Fair and the subject of peak oil. There was also a showing of the video, "The End of Suburbia."