Building BiologyTMInstitute (BBI)
A resource of information and products for healthy buildings as well as courses & seminars;
Website for Lawrence Gust, EE, Certified Mold Remediator, BBEC, EMRS, Certified Building Biologist and Electrical Engineer in Ventura, California and teacher of Building Biology courses. A national consultant for Electromagnetic Field measurement and remediation;
Website for Spark Burmaster, EE, BBEC, EMRS, Certified Building Biologist and Electrical Engineer in Veroqua, Wisconsin and former teacher of Building Biology courses. A national consultant for Electromagnetic Field measurement and remediation;
George Swanson Associates
Website for George Swanson, BBEC, Designer, Builder and Certified Building Biologist in Austin, Texas and authority on the use of magnesium oxide building panels and cement-bonded wall forms;
Mary Cordaro, Inc.
From her website: “Mary Cordaro is the president and Founder of Mary Cordaro Inc., specializing in consulting on healthy, green home building and remodeling, diagnosing and solving ‘sick building syndrome’, and education.” Mary provides “both the diagnosis of and solutions for the existing ‘sick home’ or building, as well as the building and remodeling of new homes and workplaces.”
Located in the San Fernando Valley, north of Los Angeles;
The building biology practice of Ron and Lisa Beres, husband and wife building biologists. From their website: “Green Nest is an online store that offers natural home products for green living as well as green living tips for a healthy home. Green Nest specializes in providing certified organic products for the home including organic mattresses, shower water filters, organic crib bedding, indoor air purifiers and natural floor carpet. Owners Lisa and Ron Beres are Building biologists and Certified Green Building Professionals, dedicated to protecting against unseen toxins in the home. Indoor air quality test kits, EMF cell phone protection, natural pet products and non-toxic organic cleaning products are also critical to avoid harmful chemicals in the home environment.”
Based in Irvine, California; 888-473-6466.
A full service architectural and consulting firm located in Ketchum, Idaho, serving commercial and residential clients nationwide. LEED certified. All projects are based upon sustainable principles and Bau-biologie. Twenty-five years of experience;
Safe Living Technologies
Website for Robert Metzinger, Building Biologist and head of Safe Living Technologies, providing EMF Safety Protection Products for Electromagnetic Field detection and mitigation;
Website for Damon Coyne, a building biologist providing healthy home and office evaluations in the greater Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area. Damon also offers Feng Shui and dowsing services;
Environmental Healing Services
Website for Frank DiCristina, a building biologist providing healthy home and office evaluations in the greater Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area. Frank also provides dowsing services and he is a sound healing specialist. He also offers Reiki and Himalayan Relaxation Therapy;
Eco Shaylee (formerly Green Home Inspections and Remediation)
Website for Sharon (Shaylee) Oleson, a healthy home consultant who has taken several Building Biology courses. Shaylee provides healthy home and office evaluations in the greater Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area;
Indoor Environmental Technologies
Website for Will Spates, BBEC, Certified Building Biologist and teacher of Building Biology courses. Head of Indoor Environmental Technologies, Clearwater, Florida-based provider of environmental building testing and remediation services;
Books by Building Biologists and Books of Interest to Those with Environmental Sensitivities
“Prescriptions for A Healthy House, 4th Edition” by Paula Baker-Laporte, BBEC, Erica Elliott, MD, and John Banta
Considered the bible on building a non-toxic healthy home. The authors include an architect and Bau-biologist, a family physician trained in environmental medicine, and an indoor environmental expert.
Eco Nest — Creating Sustainable Sanctuaries of Clay, Straw and Timber by Paula Baker-Laporte and Robert Laporte
A beautiful compendium of the living spaces created by architect and Building Biologist, Paula Baker-Laporte and her builder husband, Robert Laporte. These buildings are built with nontoxic materials in a way that respects the environment around them and makes wise use of resources.
“Homes That Heal (And Those That Don’t): How Your Home May Be Harming Your Family’s Health” by Athena Thompson, BBEC
“An easy-to-understand introduction to the science of Building Biology and how it applies towards new construction, remodels and the daily maintenance of a home. Solution-oriented and humorous, this book is full of advise and stories that empower people to take back their health on a daily basis. Includes a Healthy Home Quiz to get you started.”
“Just Green It!” by Ron and Lisa, Beres, BBEC
Written by a husband and wife team of building biologists located in Irvine, California, this book presents “Simple Swaps to Save the Planet and Your Health.” From their website, “‘Just Green It!’ is a unique guide to eco-friendly lifestyle choices which offers hundreds of simple product swaps. It compares brand-name products side-by-side, making it easy for consumers to make environmentally-friendly choices on everything from light bulbs and mattresses to baby food. Along the way, Ron and Lisa debunk the ‘greenwashing’ that is so prevalent in modern marketing.”
“Healthy Living Spaces: Top 10 Hazards Affecting Your Health” by Dan Stih, BBEC
Written by a building biologist based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. His book covers such topics as, “Preventing Toxic Mold; The Clean, Green Baby’s Room; Air Purifiers that Work.”
“Breathing Walls” by Oram Miller and George Swanson. Edited by Wayne Federer.
Oram, George and Wayne have compiled a manual of protocols for the design and construction of a healthy or remodeled home or office. We present the rationale behind these protocols and provide workable alternatives to current building practices that do not create optimum health for occupants.
“Zapped” by Dr. Ann Louise Gittleman
Ann is an award-winning author on various topics of nutrition. She is EMF-sensitive and recently wrote Zapped to chronical how she protected herself from EMFs in her own life. Ann is a member of the board of directors of the International Institute of Bau-biologieTM and Ecology (IBE).
Ann was a guest on November 3, 2010 on the nationwide radio program, Coast to Coast AM. To hear the archive of her show, click here. You will need to either be an existing subscriber to the show’s “Coast Insider” archive service, or sign up for $6.95 per month (a bargain for some of the most amazing information you will learn anywhere — Oram has been a subscriber and listener for years).
Building Information and Green Building Organizations
US Green Building Council (USGBC)
From the website: “The U.S. Green Building Council is a 501(c)(3) non-profit community of leaders working to make green buildings available to everyone within a generation.” The USGBC developed and promotes the Leadership in Ecological and Environmental Design, or LEED program, which gives detailed recommendations and specifications for green, sustainable design and construction of commercial and residential construction.
From the website: “2030’s mission is to rapidly transform the US and global Building Sector from the major contributor of greenhouse gas emissions to a central part of the solution to the global-warming crisis. Our goal is straightforward: to achieve a dramatic reduction in the global-warming-causing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of the Building Sector by changing the way buildings and developments are planned, designed and constructed.”
Energy and Environmental Building Association (EEBA)
Publisher of an ecologically-based Builder’s Guide.
Publisher of Green Building News, an online resource.
Publishers of Environmental Building News. Also offers GreenSpec, BuildingGreen’s premiere product information service containing detailed listings for more than 1,700 green building products with environmental data, manufacturer information, and links to additional resources.
Minnesota GreenStar Program
Minnesota’s homegrown green, renewable and sustainable building program. Sponsored by the Builder’s Association of Minnesota (BAM) and the Builder’s Association of the Twin Cities (BATC), the Minnesota GreenStar Program provides a checklist and manual for new construction and remodeling residential projects.
Green Built Home
A voluntary green building initiative that reviews and certifies homes that meet sustainable building and energy standards. The program is implemented in partnership with the Madison (Wisconsin) Area Builders Association in cooperation with other participating builders associations, leading utilities and organizations that promote green building.
Chemical Sensitivities, Mold and Allergies
Chemical Injury Information Network
A resource for and by Chemically Injured individuals.
A resource for the Chemically Injured, Chemically Sensitive and the Environmentally Ill.
Environmental Health Center
Founded by William Rea, MD. A world renowned center for the diagnosis and treatment of environmental illness (EI). Located in Dallas, Texas; 214-368-4132.
One of the best sites on the web regarding mold, its characteristics and its potential health effects.
National Allergy Supply Incorporated
A storehouse of information and non-toxic products for all allergy sufferers.
Ecology and Healthy Living
Human Ecology Action League (HEAL)
A resource on all things related to human ecology and the health effects of environments on human health.
Healthy House Institute
Information, books & videos on healthy homes.
Care to Make a Difference
An environmental network for healthy living and a healthy planet.
Pest Control (All-Natural)
A resource for products and information for management of all types of pests.
“The Best Control: Intelligent Pest Management” by Steve Tvedten
A guide to natural alternatives to pesticides. Also available from Amazon.com